The sky is the limit regarding Tom Cruise’s daredevil escapades.
On Sunday, the 60-year-old Hollywood action hero posted a video of himself thanking fans for helping to make “Top Gun: Maverick” a box office success – while jumping out of a plane.
“Hey everyone, we’re over lovely South Africa filming ‘Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning’ parts one and two,” Cruise says to the camera as he hangs out the plane door. “I didn’t want the year to close without thanking you all for coming out to see ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ and for your support.”
The camera moves to see director Christopher McQuarrie, who returns to the action franchise with “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning.”
McQuarrie, who also co-wrote the screenplay for “Top Gun: Maverick,” reminds Cruise that they are on-site and that they “have to capture the shot” before denying Cruise’s request to accompany him in his parachute.
Cruise, famed for his stunts, then jumps from the jet, turning back to face the camera as he free-falls.
“We appreciate the opportunity to entertain you. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” he tells admirers. “I’m running out of altitude, so I’ve got to get back to work – we have to get this shot – you have a very safe and pleasant holiday, and we’ll see you at the movies,” he says.
In “Top Gun: Maverick,” released in May of this year, Cruise reprised his iconic role as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, returning to the Top Gun academy to teach fighter pilots. The sequel to the 1986 box office smash became the first of Cruise’s films to hit the billion-dollar mark.
And people appreciated Cruise going to such lengths to deliver him thank you note.
One person commented on his Instagram photo, “Forget Marvel! The genuine action hero is @tomcruise! Thank you for making going to the fun of the movie again!”
“Tom Cruise saving the entire movie industry by risking his own life to entertain…!” added another. Take note, rest of the film industry!”
“He’s a maniac in the best sense,” said a third.
“Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning – Part One” will be released in July this year.