Tom Cruise jumps out of helicopter to thank Top Gun: Maverick fans

A free falling thank you!

Tom Cruise knows how to say thank you to his fans by taking a solo free fall dive ahead of the release of Top Gun: Maverick on Paramount+ to thank fans of the franchise for watching the film last year made summer a box office hit.

Cruise, 60, casually perched on the outside of a helicopter, took some time off from filming ‘Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning’ parts one and two in South Africa to tell fans how grateful he was for promote the theatrical success of the film.

“I didn’t want the year to end without thanking you all for coming to theaters and thank you for supporting ‘Top Gun: Maverick,'” Cruise shouted over the helicopter’s blades.

Joining Cruise on the air was Dead Reckoning director Christopher McQuarrie, who reminded the action star that he needed to get back to filming.

Tom Cruise and
Take a brief ride with Dead Reckoning director Christopher McQuarrie before jumping out of the helicopter.
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The ‘A Few Good Men’ star agreed and got in position to jump, but before letting go he asked McQuarrie if he would join him.

“Not on your life. Good luck,” said the director.

“See you down there,” Cruise says, before fearlessly releasing the plane and freefalling.

But even while in the air, as he fell to the ground at over 100 miles per hour, Cruise still had more to say about how gracious he was to everyone who came out to see the film in theaters.

Tom Cruise visits the "Top Gun: Maverick" world premiere.
Top Gun: Maverick grossed nearly $1.5 billion at the box office.
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“As always, thank you for allowing us to entertain you. It’s truly the honor of a lifetime,” he said with a smile as he fell toward the ocean.

Before running out of altitude, the ‘Jerry Maguire’ star said he had to ‘get back to work’ and wished everyone ‘a very safe and happy holiday’.

“See you at the movies,” he finished, before pushing himself away from the camera in mid-air and continuing his solo fall.

Cruise after pushing away from the camera and starting the newbie's scene "Impossible Mission."
Cruise after pushing away from the camera and starting the scene of the new Mission: Impossible.
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Originally slated for a 2019 release but delayed after all the complex flight scenes and the global pandemic, Top Gun: Maverick was one of Paramount Pictures’ biggest hits of all time, grossing nearly $1.5 billion worldwide.

This May, after the film hit theaters, Cruise revealed that despite years of setbacks from filming and the pandemic, the film never intended to make its debut on streaming services.

In the new film, Cruise will play the Maverick who returns to the elite aviation training program to train the next generation of aviators including Miles Teller, Glen Powell, Monica Barbaro, Greg Tarzan Davis, Danny Ramirez, Lewis Pullman and Jay Ellis . Also starring are Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm and Val Kilmer, who reprises his role from the original.

Top Gun: Maverick will be released on December 22, 2022 on Paramount+.

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