Tom Cruise helicoptered to the top of a cliff, greeted hikers & paraglided to the bottom

You never know when you’re going to be out and about and a wild Tom Cruise will pop up. But it’s good to be prepared, just in case. Sarah and Jason Haygarth learned this after reaching the summit of High Crag in Penrith with their faithful pup Edward. They were out, minding their own business, when all of a sudden, a giant metallic whirling bird descended upon them and Tom jumped out. He raced down the hill, shouted at them and flew away – just as the myths prophesied!

The true story’s events weren’t that far off. Although it was a helicopter and Tom didn’t cuss them out. He actually apologized for disrupting their afternoon and then he singled out Edward as a good boy before paragliding off the cliff, which seems to be the intent of the little stunt in the first place. And he stayed in place long enough to let Sarah film the whole thing as a way to make it up to them.

Top Gun: Maverick star Tom, 60, arrived at the top of High Crag by chopper before paragliding off again.

But before launching himself from the Cumbrian fell, he paused to say sorry to Sarah and Jason Haygarth, from nearby Penrith, who had reached the 2,440ft summit by foot with their dog, Edward.

Tom, thought to be filming Mission: Impossible 7, yelled: “Sorry for disturbing your peaceful walk with all the noise — I like your dog.”

Lettings agent Sarah, 48, replied: “Are you really going to jump off there?”

Smiling Tom nodded and began running towards the edge — shouting: “See you later, folks.”

[From The Sun via Hollywood Life]

Everyone keeps theorizing this was all for Mission: Impossible 7. It certainly sounds like something that would be for MI7 but I would think it would be a little more obvious if it was. Wouldn’t there be a ton of camera, crew and people shouting action to confirm this? Or was this just rehearsal? Honestly, I could totally see Tom blowing off steam by jumping off a mountain. Like, “I can’t figure out whether I want Thai for dinner or maybe that Sushi place again. I need to ruminate on it – where’s the nearest cliff?”

I like to hike but I don’t have any big numbers under my belt yet. So my big story for the pub would’ve been “hey, I just summited High Crag!” How much better that would’ve been with the addendum, “when Tom Cruise landed in front of us.” I appreciate Tom acknowledged Edward, even if not by name (in Tom’s defense, there is no indication they were properly introduced). If you watch Sarah’s video, you can hear poor Edward whining as Tom prepares and then launches himself off the mountain. Once again, the dog showing himself to be the only one asking the real questions, “shouldn’t someone stop him?!” I know it’s just a fluff piece, but what a weird footnote to one’s day. Sarah and Jason seemed to enjoy the heck out of the interaction and I’m sure Edward’s bragging to his friends he got a shoutout from Buster’s co-star. My only quibble is Sarah sounds so impressed by Tom parasailing away but if I were her, I would have pointed out that he needed a helicopter to get up there while even her dog was able to *walk* up.

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  1. HeyKay says:

    This story needs more Edward the dog. 😀
    Tom Cruise, adrenalin junky.

  2. Noki says:

    I watched Going Clear again ( i love rewatching bonkers things) and it is actually astonishing how Hollywood lets Mr Charisma Tom Cruise get away with being connected to that cult. I dont think this is a matter of separating the man from the art, this man literally disowned his child because she was not a memeber of CoS Madness!!!

    • Mary Tosti says:

      Agreed. I don’t understand how anyone can praise him, even if it is for his work, when we know how he disowned his own daughter because of COS. And how about him alienating his children with Nicole from her, also due to cause. He’s a garbage person.

    • Julia K says:

      Recollection may vary, however I read many moons ago that TC was unable to father biological children. Gossip or fact? Who knows these days.

    • Christine says:

      I have such a disdain for him. Same as Elisabeth Moss. I don’t go out of my way to avoid watching the stuff they’re in, but I also have no interest if their names are attached.

  3. Fernanda says:

    I’m afraid that eventually he would die during one of these stunts.

    • Katie says:

      Scientology is pretty good at numbing the fear of death by convincing believers a) that OT8s have literal super powers and b) that dying is just “dropping your body” and you’re … scientology equivalent of soul … will pop back into another body soon after.

  4. rawiya says:

    His insurance company must haaaaaaaate him!!!

    • SnoodleDumpling says:

      Can you imagine how much money is wasted on every movie he films because Tom effing Cruise has to jack up the productions’ insurance premiums with his entirely unnecessary insistence on doing all of his own stunts?

      Not to mention how much it costs the production each time the star gets a mild to moderate injury that postpones shooting…GAH. The selfishness is off the charts.

  5. Nicki says:

    He’s kind of exhausting. But still, Top Gun 2 was great.

  6. TeamMeg says:

    Not sure I would have recognized him if I were exiting The Dorchester at the same moment. Great writing @Hecate – you made me LOL! 🤣

  7. BeanieBean says:

    You’re not really ‘summiting’ at 2440′. Where I’m from (Oregon), that would barely be considered foothills. I think even in the UK, that would just be considered hillwalking. As for Tommy Boy, rich man fun, I guess. Seems like such a waste of resources.

  8. Elizabeth says:

    How did he get the helicopter back?