There are plenty of people who would faint if they came face to face with Hollywood megastar Tom Cruise, but it was a whole herd of cows who came over funny this time. The animals are said to have fallen over in confusion due to the use of a drone scrambler during filming of Tom’s latest stunt
Tom Cruise parachuting in to a field is quite tame compared to his other exploits while filming Mission: Impossible 7 in the UK.
But he probably wasn’t prepared to see a whole herd of cows collapse as he touched down.
The 59-year-old movie star is reprising his role as gadget loving action man Ethan Hunt in the for the latest film in the glossy action franchise, and was filming scenes showing him parachuting in the Lake District.
Perhaps unsurprisingly due to the string of setbacks the production has so far encountered, it was decided to beef up security for Tom’s stunt, and powerful anti-drone devices were brought in to keep the skies clear.
But they cleared the ground, too.
A source told The Sun : “A high frequency noise was used to prevent drones flying near him during the parachute jumps but the tech was very strong and made an entire nearby field of cows fall over.
“Thankfully, they were OK once the scrambling device was switched off.”
The paper added that once filming wrapped he chatted to locals, and thanked them “for letting me be in a county of such beauty”.
One said: “We talked about the film and he said he loves parachute jumping, and he’s been hiking here a few times.
“He wasn’t in a rush to get off and treated us like friends.”
Poor Tom hasn’t had many reasons to flash his famous megawatt smile during his time in the UK so it’s nice to see him feeling cheerful.
In April, while filming in a windy field in North Yorkshire, the superstar reportedly threw a massive strop because there were overhanging tree branches banging on the roof of his trailer.
The star was said to have been far from happy at the noise they were making as he was taking a break from filming, and in the end producers called in some local tree surgeons to prune the tree so that he could rest.
In May it was reported that intruders had invaded a film set at a huge quarry, and the following month both Tom and the sixty-strong crew had to isolate for 14 days due to a covid crisis.
Last month, shortly after delighting diners by revealing a love of chicken tikka at a Birmingham curry house, his bodyguard’s car was stolen along with the actor’s luggage.
In the boot were his clothes and a rare copy of the Top Gun sequel.
It is claimed thieves used a scanner to connect to the car’s keyless ignition fob as it was parked outside of Grand Hotel in Birmingham – close to where he was filming.
“Tom had been driven around in the car while in Birmingham and some of his luggage and belongings were inside it when it was taken,” a source told The Sun.
“It’s since been recovered by police because it was equipped with an electronic tracking device but everything inside it had gone.
“It’s a huge embarrassment for the security team and the guy who had been driving it was hopping mad — but not as mad as Tom!”
The release of Mission: Impossible 7, has been delayed by 10 months, and is now due to hit cinemas in May 2022.