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Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle Didn't Use CGI For That Big Motorcycle Jump

Contains spoilers for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Although Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle takes place inside the digital world of a video game, one of the most incredible stunts was very real.

Near the end of the movie, the four heroes played by Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black, attempt to replace a magic jewel inside a giant jaguar statue atop a mountain. As the bad guys approach, Dr. Smolder Bravestone (Johnson) drives a motorcycle off the end of the statue and performs an amazing flip to land on the jaguar's head. 

While you'd think that director Jake Kasdan would turn to CGI for such an elaborate sequence, second unit director Jack Gill revealed on the Blu-ray (via CinemaBlend) that the stunt was filmed the old-fashioned way: with a stuntman, a motorcycle and lots of cables.

"Now this is something we've never done before," Gill said. "It's something that's taken a lot of rigging [and] a lot of time to try and figure out where all the angles are going to go, but it's going to be fabulous because it's all real. We're going to have him jump a real motorcycle off the end of the statue, swing around the nose and land on the top. It's all one shot."

Of course, there's still a little movie magic involved. The statue isn't quite as large as it appears in the film, and Johnson's stunt double made the jump in front of a green screen. However, the only CGI used for the sequence was to remove the cables.

Still, it's pretty clear that Kasdan wanted to use practical effects whenever possible, and it obviously worked. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle brought in a whopping $930 million worldwide, making it the fifth biggest movie of 2017 ahead of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Wonder Woman, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Justice League and Thor: Ragnarok.

The movie is already available to watch digitally, but the Blu-ray will drop March 20.