Tom Cruise Pulls Off Some Incredible Pilot Stunts for 'American Made'

senne  /  Jun 09, 2017  /  0  /  401  / 

American Made is based on the true story of Barry Seal, an American pilot and smuggler who worked for the Medellín cartel. It hits theaters on September 29.

Tom Cruise likes to do his own stunts! Film director (and pilot) Doug Liman:

“Flying extremely fast, small airplanes, low to the ground, is a dangerous environment to be in just on its own. Then, in the story, he’s throwing bales of cocaine out of the airplane, loading them up with guns, so every once in a while in this scene he’s got to climb out of the cockpit and go to the back of the airplane to dump the cocaine out.

“I’m flying alongside him in a helicopter filming, and that made a big impression on me – there’s nobody in the cockpit of the plane! Tom has gone to the back of the aircraft, and he’s alone in that airplane. It’s one thing to have Tom Cruise alone in the airplane flying it – that’s already outrageous – now he’s alone and he’s not even in the cockpit so he’s gone beyond. It was already a stunt before he left the cockpit, it was already a serious stunt.”

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