Tom Cruise personally asks for Chris Pfeiffer stunt show

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BMW stunt rider Chris Pfeiffer was asked to put on his spectacular stunt show by Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise earlier this week after bike fan Cruise spotted him near the red carpet entrance to the premier of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

The stunt rider had been asked by Paramount Pictures to put on a show at the European premiere of Mission Impossible 4, held at the BMW Welt building in Munich last week.

Pfeiffer was supposed to stop his freestyle show when Tom Cruise, the star of the picture, arrived on the red carpet.

However, Cruise himself had other ideas – when he spotted Chris standing in his motorcycle clothing, he was fascinated and persuaded him to break the rules and put on a special display.

“I had been told that I was to warm up the crowd, then stop performing as soon as Tom Cruise arrived,” said Pfeiffer. “So that’s exactly what I did, but when Tom spotted me in my motorcycle gear, he came over and asked why I wasn’t riding.

"I explained the situation and he said: “no, I want to see you perform”, so I got a chance to do my show for him. It was so exciting and unexpected – I was already pleased to be a part of the premiere, but to be asked personally by Tom Cruise to perform: that was really something else!

"He loves stunts, motorcycles and also Red Bull – he has had a ride in a Red Bull Formula 1 car before.”

The slot at the premiere was the first of its kind for Chris and he says he will not rule out another in the future. “If Mission Impossible asked me to do something like this again, of course I would say yes – but my focus is still on my shows,

"I’m already getting many requests for 2012 and have some big events already booked, in Tokyo, France and Denmark, as well as BMW Motorrad Days obviously.

“If I did ever get the chance to do some stunt riding in a movie, that would be great – I told Tom Cruise to call me if they need anyone for the next film, so who knows!”

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Andy Downes

By Andy Downes

Former MCN Senior Reporter