Busy weekend in the air for Tom Cruise – folk festival on the ground

Tom Cruise is in Åndalsnes where he is filming the next "Mission: Impossible" movie.Åndalsnes.Tom Cruise is in Åndalsnes where he is filming the next "Mission: Impossible" movie. : Even Ørjasæter / Åndalsnes Avis / NTB scanpix

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Tom Cruise both worked helicopter controls and parachuted from another helicopter during the Mission: Impossible recording in Hellesylt.

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The Hollywood star arrived at the foot of Helsetkopen on Sunday in what is apparently his own, matte black Airbus single-engine helicopter – which he also flew in London earlier this summer. Cruise flies the helicopter himself.

Hellesylt 20200906. Tom Cruise filming Mission Impossible.Photo: Geir Olsen / NTB scanpix

He took a helicopter certificate before the recording of the previous Mission: Impossible in 2018, which was documented in a behind-the-scenes video. The film shows, among other things, the star who practices the helicopter hunt with the other pilots – using toy helicopters.

Hellesylt 20200906. Tom Cruise filming Mission Impossible Photo: Geir Olsen / NTB scanpix

Waited for days
After several days of waiting for good recording weather, Tom Cruise completed four jumps with a motorcycle on the huge ramp on the mountain top. The bikes landed on the rocks below, while Cruise arrived by parachute.

This weekend’s recording in Norway also featured skydiving scenes, which Tom Cruise himself was responsible for. Then he jumped out of an orange, Norwegian helicopter.

Also during filming in London earlier this summer, Cruise made several parachute jumps from a helicopter. Director and screenwriter for Mission: Impossible film number seven in the series, Christopher McQuarrie, has revealed in interviews that there will be “at least three obscene stunts” that will make the spectacular helicopter hunt from the 2018 film “look like child’s play”, according to Collider.

“It will be fantastic on film”, says Tom Cruise to Åndalsnes Avis, where he also praises Norway as a “fantastic place”.

Hellesylt 20200906. Tom Cruise filming Mission Impossible.Photo: Geir Olsen / NTB scanpix

Popular guy
The filming was a pure folk festival, where the audience sat on camping chairs to witness the Hollywood star’s aerial acrobatics. And Tom Cruise waved and smiled willingly to those present.

Hellesylt 20200906. Tom Cruise filming Mission Impossible.Photo: Geir Olsen / NTB scanpix

“After the third jump, he came over and talked to us from a distance of twenty meters. He loves the nature here and is very grateful for the hospitality he has experienced”, says Ole Arnstein Ringdal to NRK Møre og Romsdal.

Hellesylt 20200906. Actor Tom Cruise became the great hero of the villagers
Photo: Geir Olsen / NTB scanpix

“Memory for life. Popular guy. He also waved several times from the train roof before he came all the way to us”, writes one of the spectators on the Facebook page of Åndalsnes Avis when Cruise was down on Saturday and rehearsed scenes on the train which have been turned into “The Orient Express” for the occasion – and which will soon roll along the Rauma line.

Hellesylt 20200906. Actor Tom Cruise greets and says goodbye to the villagers.Photo : Geir Olsen / NTB scanpix

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