To express his gratitude to his fans for the success of his movie “Top Gun: Maverick,” Tom Cruise recently pulled off a risky act. Just before the movie was made available on the Paramount+ streaming network, the actor jumped out of a helicopter. With a total worldwide revenue of $1.4 billion, “Top Gun: Maverick” has been a huge success for Paramount Pictures. Cruise made the decision to complete a solo freefall dive over the ocean in South Africa as a way of thanking his followers.
Cruise said before exiting the helicopter, “Hello everyone! We are now filming “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning” parts one and two over the breathtaking country of South Africa. I didn’t want the year to come to a close without expressing my gratitude to you all for attending screenings of “Top Gun: Maverick” and for your support.” Director Christopher McQuarrie then reminded Cruise that they were on location and needed to get the picture as the camera panned to him. McQuarrie, however, turned down Cruise’s request to jump with him in the skydive.
Cruise carried off the action, jumping out of the chopper and tumbling into the air against McQuarrie’s concerns. He said as he fell, “We appreciate you letting us amuse you. The honour of a lifetime, in fact. You have a very safe and joyful holiday, and we’ll see you at the movies. I have to return to work because I’m running out of altitude because we need to get this shot.”
When “Top Gun: Maverick” was released in May, both critics and viewers gave it high marks. As Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, Cruise returned to the Top Gun academy to instruct fighter pilots in the movie. Despite the movie’s popularity, audiences may have found Cruise’s stunt to be the most thrilling scene because the actor is known for pulling off his own risky actions.