Tom Cruise taking helicopter flying lesson in Surrey – Charles D’Alberto

He’s known for taking on his own stunts in movies such as Mission Impossible – and Tom Cruise is keen to expand his horizons when it comes to his skill set.

The 53-year-old Hollywood star was pictured enjoying his first ever helicopter lesson in Surrey on Sunday, where he was seen grinning from ear to ear in the cockpit.

No doubt he first picked up a love of flying when filming Top Gun — the iconic 1986 drama which saw the Hollywood heartthrob star as Maverick, a highly skilled but cocky fighter pilot.

Tom appeared to relish the chance to take to the skies in the craft. In typical action hero fashion, he reached up through the roof of the helicopter to inspect the rotor blades and used his upper-body strength to pull himself up for a closer peek at the tail.

He looked calm and collected for his debut flight in a long-sleeved black top and shades, evoking that true Maverick spirit.

Comfortable having an audience watch him take to the skies, the A-lister waved to the cameras as he made his way to the cockpit.

He spent a couple of hours familiarising himself with the aircraft, looking over maps and instruction papers before he finally put on his headset and steadily lifted off the ground.

It looked to be a near perfect start for Tom as the helicopter rose into the air with the movie star in full control.

While it may have been his first time controlling a helicopter, Tom his no stranger to flying planes having held a licence since 1994 and often piloting his fleet of private jets.

Just last year, the Mission Impossible lead performed his most daring stunt to date for the latest film in the action-packed franchise.

before lifting off the ground and into full flight.

Filmed at RAF Wittering in Cambridgeshire, the gravitas of the death-defying stunt certainly wasn’t lost on the crew or Cruise himself.

‘Why hang a multimillion dollar star on the outside of an aeroplane and fly around in the normal world?’ Stunt coordinator Wade Eastwood said following the stunt. ‘But Tom wanted to be on the outside of that plane.’

‘I couldn’t sleep the night before,’ revealed Cruise. ‘And then came the day. I was like “OK, this is really going to happen”.

And if going through the terrifying ordeal once wasn’t enough, Cruise ended up doing the stunt eight times.

The flight wasn’t the only dangerous stunt Cruise performed during the making of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.

He also learned to hold his breath underwater for six minutes for a scene in which he had to try and retrieve a computer chip while avoiding a rotating metal arm.

‘We didn’t want cuts. We were looking for a claustrophobic effect. Tom really wanted to make the sequence difficult and we wanted to take the audience on that journey with us,’ Eastwood told Variety.

Cruise has a busy year coming up Universal’s reboot of The Mummy as he will head up the modern-day monster flick.

And it’s been revealed by Just Jared that blonde beauty Annabelle Wallis is said to be in talks to play the female leading role, as an archaeologist.

The film is to be the first in the franchise of ‘interconnected monster movies’ according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Mummy – which is set to be directed by Alex Kurtzman – is set for a US release on June 9, 2017


Posted By Charles D'Alberto