Tom Cruise treats family to helicopter ride after landing in their garden
Tom Cruise has surprised a family in Warwickshire by landing his helicopter in their back garden.
The Mission: Impossible star – who is currently filming the seventh instalment in the spy movie franchise in the UK – treated the Webb family to a ride in his private helicopter after they came to his rescue when Coventry Airport was temporarily closed.
Alison Webb told BBC Midlands she had been asked if her field could be used to land by a "VIP who was running late".
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She said: "I thought it would be kind of cool for the kids to see the helicopter land in the garden," she said.
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"He [Tom Cruise] basically arrived and got out and it was like 'Wow'.
"He went straight over to the children for a chat, then came over and elbow bumped us and said thank you very much. Then he said if the kids would like they could go up in the helicopter."
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She added: "It turned out to be an incredible day. It was surreal, I still now can't believe it happened."
Cruise, 59, has been spotted filming scenes for Mission: Impossible 7 with co-star Haley Atwell at Grand Central shopping centre in Birmingham in recent days.
Local Phil Oldershaw bumped into the Hollywood star outside the city's Grand Hotel while walking his dog.
Oldershaw told Birmingham Live: "He was chatty. I asked if he's enjoying Birmingham. He said, 'Definitely, it's a lovely city.' I asked 'How's filming?' He said 'It's going very well indeed'."
And Cruise also visited Asha's restaurant where staff revealed he enjoyed his chicken tikka masala so much that he ordered a second one straight after polishing off the first.
The Top Gun actor has been based in the UK for the past year while filming during the coronavirus pandemic.
He was spotted in the crowd at England's Euros matches at Wembley, where he sat with celebrity pal David Beckham, and watched the tennis singles finals at Wimbledon with Mission: Impossible 7 co-stars Atwell and Pom Klementieff.
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Cruise was also seen at work in the Peak District as he filmed a disaster scene for the movie in which a train plunged into a quarry.
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