Tom Cruise apologises to hikers for getting in their way while filming new Mission: Impossible film

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Tom Cruise is considered one of Hollywood's most down-to-earth stars. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Tom Cruise is considered one of Hollywood's most down-to-earth stars. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

He’s known for being one of the nicest and most approachable superstars – and Tom Cruise has lived up to his reputation again.

While filming a stunt for the latest Mission: Impossible film at a national park in the UK, the Hollywood superstar apologised to a pair of hikers for “spoiling their hike”.

The couple, Jason and Sarah Haygarth, told Extra they realised something was up when they started “seeing helicopters coming up a ravine and dropping people off at the top” during their walk in the picturesque Lake District. 

“We were like, this didn’t seem right,” Jason said. 

“When we came to the peak, we got stopped by what must have been a production team member, saying, 'You can’t go. We’re going to land the helicopter off the top . . .'” 

After the choppers landed, the couple continued on their way where they ran into 60-year-old Tom strapping on a paraglider. 

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Tom seen arriving at London's heliport flying his own helicopter in August 2019. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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Tom doing his own motorbike chase while filming Mission Impossible 6 in Paris, France, in 2017. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

“I could tell it was him straight away,” Sarah said. “But I was expecting a stunt double.”

“He apologised first for the noise,” Jason added. “He said, ‘Sorry, guys, I know we've spoiled your walk with the noise’. And then he said, ‘I like your dog’.”

They then asked him what he was doing, to which the actor replied, “I'm going to jump off.”

“I was like, ‘You're going to do what?’ He said, ‘I’m going to jump off’. He then said, ‘See ya! Hopefully this goes well’ and we said,  ‘Good luck, Tom’.”

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Tom is known for interacting with his fans. Here he takes a selfie with one at the American Express presents BST Hyde Park at Hyde Park in London in July 2022. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Tom, of course, is known for doing his own stunts, no matter how extreme. In Top Gun: Maverick he did all his own flying and aerial maneuvers.

When asked at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year why he takes the risk of doing his stunts, he quipped, “No one asked Gene Kelly,  ‘Why do you dance? Why do you do your own dancing?’”

Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One is set for release on 14 July 2023. 

The film, the seventh in the franchise, stars Cruise alongside Captain America: The First Avenger star Hayley Atwell, Hot Fuzz star Simon Pegg, Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson and The Princess Bride star Cary Elwes.  

This isn't the only time Tom's shown what a big heart he has.

He personally arranged for Bill Hader to leave a set and get home to New York after an attempted bombing in Times Square.

While the two were in Los Angeles filming promos for the 2010 MTV Movie Awards for Tropic Thunder, word reached the set that a car bomb had gone off in Times Square. Hader was a new dad at the time, and worried about his wife and baby daughter in New York. As he wasn’t supposed to be back to the city for two more days, Tom arranged a plane ticket and time off – and Bill was home by 8am the next morning.

Helped rescue a victim of a hit-and-run and paid her medical bills

In 1996 while driving down Los Angele's Wilshire Boulevard Tom saw actress Heloisa Vinhas get hit by a car. He immediately told someone to call for help and accompanied her to UCLA Medical Center. When he found out the 23-year-old didn't have medical insurance, he paid her $7 000 bill for treatment for her broken left leg and bruised ribs.

“If he’s not Superman, he can be Batman – Batman doesn’t have superpowers,” Heloisa later told People.

Rescued a family from their burning sailboat

In 1997 while holidaying with then-wife Nicole Kidman and their kids on their luxury yacht, Tom saw a nearby sailboat go up in flames. He sent his boat's skiff to rescue the people aboard  French tycoon Jacques Lejeune and his family. 

Offered his private jet to help an injured worker on set 

In 2013 a crew member on his movie Oblivion had to be rushed to hospital after being crushed by a 300kg weight. The man, identified only as David, was unconscious and initially believed to be paralysed, so Tom alerted his pilot who readied his private jet to take David to a specialist spinal injury clinic.

“Tom stayed cool and swept straight into action,” a source said at the time. “He didn’t take a backseat at all and made sure his Gulfstream V jet was ready to go in case it was needed.

“It was quick thinking. David could have suffered permanent spinal injury, so it might have been vital he was flown to hospital.”

Tom later visited David in hospital. “Tom was great. He gave so much support to David and his family.”


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