PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Tom Cruise battles torrential rain in helicopter

PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Tom Cruise shows off his action-man credentials in a helicopter as he skillfully flies through a storm to land in London

  • Tom Cruise landed a helicopter in central London on Friday despite horrific weather amid flooding and storms
  • The action hero, 58, cut a low profile in a face mask, aviator sunglasses and a cap as he left the aircraft
  • A bodyguard escorted him from the helicopter to a chauffeur-driven vehicle as he battled the elements
  • The actor has been busy filming Mission: Impossible 7 in England after filming resumed following lockdown

He famously performs many of his dangerous stunts.

And Tom Cruise had to have his wits about him as he landed a helicopter during a torrential downpour in London on Friday amid weather warnings in England.

The actor, 58, who is in the UK filming Mission: Impossible 7, skillfully landed the chopper on the tarmac before a bodyguard was on hand to escort him to his chauffeur.

Brave: Tom Cruise had to have his wits about him as he landed a helicopter during a torrential downpour in London on Friday

The Top Gun star looked every inch the action hero in a black face mask and a black turtleneck jumper as he battled the elements.

Flooding hit much of the country last night, with waters several feet deep blocking roads in Greater London.

A yellow storm warning is in place for a swathe of southern England with the Met Office expecting parts of the country to see up to 40mm worth of rain in just three hours.

Action star: The actor, 58, skilfully landed the chopper on the tarmac before a bodyguard was on hand to escort him to his chauffeur

Poor conditions: The Top Gun star looked every inch the action hero in a black face mask and a black turtleneck jumper as he battled the elements

Low profile: The actor, who is currently filming Mission: Impossible 7, wore a cap and aviator sunglasses for the outing

But Tom, who has a pilot’s licence, bravely landed the helicopter with ease despite the horrible conditions.

The single-engine black matte helicopter, an Airbus H125, flew over the London skyline. 

The actor, who is currently filming Mission: Impossible 7, wore a cap and aviator sunglasses for the outing.

After landing, he stepped out of the chopper and was greeted by his bodyguard who walked with him across the tarmac.

Wet: Flooding hit much of the country last night, with waters several feet deep blocking roads in Greater London


Tricky: A yellow storm warning is in place for a swathe of southern England with the Met Office expecting parts of the country to see up to 40mm worth of rain in just three hours

Careful: The pilot had to carefully navigate the treacherous conditions to safely land the aircraft

First class treatment: The action hero was escorted to his chauffeur driven car as he made a swift exit


Blockbusters: Tom revealed in January last year that the next two Mission: Impossible action films would be released in Summer 2021 and Summer 2022

Tom was carrying a black bag and completed his look with a pair of jeans and black shoes. 

Last month, the Hollywood star was spotted landing a helicopter on Richmond golf course, much to the surprise of its members. 

The movie star recently resumed filming on Mission Impossible 7 and 8 at the Warner Bros Studios, Leavesden, in Hertfordshire.

Filming could start back up after the British government gave the green light for production due to filmmakers being exempt from certain quarantine rules.

Talented: Tom, who has a pilot’s licence, bravely landed the helicopter with ease despite the horrible conditions

Travelling light: Tom was carrying a black bag and completed his look with a pair of jeans and black shoes

Back to work: The movie star recently resumed filming on Mission Impossible 7 and 8 at the Warner Bros Studios, Leavesden, in Hertfordshire

Resumed: Filming could start back up after the British government gave the green light for production due to filmmakers being exempt from certain quarantine rules

Tom reportedly discussed filming logistics with Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden on a video chat.

The government said it will publish guidance allowing ‘small numbers’ of essential cast and crew to travel to the UK without having to quarantine for 14 days.

Exempted individuals will instead have to live and work in controlled ‘bubbled’ environments, such as filming locations, for the same period of time.

‘The world’s biggest blockbusters and high-end TV shows are made in Britain,’ Dowden explained, nodding to the seventh and eighth installments of the hit spy films being shot in Hertfordshire.

He said: ‘Our creativity, expertise and highly successful tax reliefs for our screen industries means that we are an in demand location that in turn delivers a great return for our economy.

Quarantine: Tom was reportedly relaxing at the famous Saint Hill Manor in West Sussex during the coronavirus lockdown


Stepping out: After landing, he stepped out of the chopper and was greeted by his bodyguard who walked with him across the tarmac

Taking to the skies: The single-engine black matte helicopter, an Airbus H125, flew over the London skyline

Plans: Tom reportedly discussed filming logistics with Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden on a video chat


Dowden said: ‘Our creativity, expertise and highly successful tax reliefs for our screen industries means that we are an in demand location that in turn delivers a great return for our economy’

He added: ‘We want the industry to bounce back and exempting small numbers of essential cast and crew from quarantine is part of our continued commitment to getting cameras rolling safely again’

‘We want the industry to bounce back and exempting small numbers of essential cast and crew from quarantine is part of our continued commitment to getting cameras rolling safely again,’ the British politician noted.

The exemption applies to individuals coming to England specifically to work on film and television productions which qualify as British, the Government said. 

Adrian Wootton, chief executive of the British Film Commission, added that the news was a ‘clear recognition of the importance of the film and high-end TV inward investment sector to the UK’s economy.’

He said: ‘The sector was worth over £3 billion in 2019, and has a clear role to play in our economic recovery following the lockdown.’ 


Important: Adrian Wootton, chief executive of the British Film Commission, added that the news was a ‘clear recognition of the importance of the film and high-end TV inward investment sector’

Delay: However filming on Mission: Impossible 7, which will feature British actor Simon Pegg, had to be halted in Italy in February over coronavirus fears

Special guest: Last month, the Hollywood star was spotted landing a helicopter on Richmond golf course, much to the surprise of its members

Upcoming: The films focus on agent Ethan Hunt, played by Tom, and will be directed by Christopher McQuarrie (pictured in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol 2011)

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