Tom Cruise, always an adventurer and thrill seeker, knows how to give his fans a proper thank you.
Cruise decided that a solo freefall dive was in order as his movie “Top Gun: Maverick” is set to release on Paramount+. So, in order to thank his fans of the franchise for making the film a box-office hit this past summer, Cruise said thank you in a way that is strictly Tom Cruise.
Cruise, 60, calmly sits on the outside edge of a helicopter and took time out from filming “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning” in South Africa just to tell his fans how grateful he was for driving the films theater success.
“I didn’t want the year to end without thanking you all for coming out to the theaters and thank you for supporting ‘Top Gun: Maverick,’” Cruise yells over the noise of the helicopter.
Sitting alongside Cruise was “Dead Reckoning” director Christopher McQuarrie, who reminded cruise they had to get back to filming.
Cruise casually agreed as he continues to dangle outside of the helicopter. Next, you see Cruise get into position to jump, but before letting go, he asked McQuarrie if he would be joining him.
“Not on your life. Good luck,” McQuarrie said.
“We’ll see ya down there,” Cruise says before gracefully letting go of the helicopter and falling back into a freefall.
However, the video didn’t end there. Cruise continued to thank his fans in mid-air as he is falling over 100 mph toward earth. Cruise continued to say how grateful he was to everyone who came out to see the film in theaters.
“As always, thank you for allowing us to entertain you. It truly is the honor of a lifetime,” he said with a smile as he continued to fall toward the ocean.
Cruise then said he was running out of altitude, that he had better get “back to work” and wished everyone “a very safe and happy holiday.”
“We’ll see you at the movies,” he finished saying before diving away from the camera in mid-air and continuing his solo fall down.
“Top Gun: Maverick” will be released on Paramount+ on Dec. 22, 2022.