Tom Cruise Was ‘Scared Sh–less’ Over ‘Mission: Impossible’ Plane Stunt

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Tom Cruise hung off the side of an airplane a death-defying eight times for the most memorable stunt in the upcoming “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” the actor revealed to theater owners Tuesday at CinemaCon.

The sequence required the star to an Airbus A400M as it soared 5,000 feet in the air, something that necessitated wearing special contact lenses so he could keep his eyes open despite the wind pressure.

“I’ve always wanted to do that,” Cruise quipped, as he presented behind-the-scenes footage of his air flight, adding, ” I want to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.”

In past “Mission: Impossible” films that’s resulted in Cruise scaling mountain peaks or hanging along the exterior of the Burj Khalifa. But this may have been his most dangerous mission yet. Cruise admitted that the crew did their best to make certain that there were no birds that could collide with the actor or jet fuel fumes to contend with, but at a certain point…it was up to the fates.

“He’s actually out there doing these things,” marveled Rob Moore, vice-chairman of Paramount, the studio behind the hotly anticipated sequel.

The ever affable Cruise laughed off the risks, but copped to a few twinges of anxiety. There was one shot of the actor giving the crew a thumbs up sign indicating he was ready for takeoff.

“I’m actually scared sh–less,” Cruise said.

The behind-the-scenes look at the signature stunt was part of Paramount’s presentation of its upcoming slate of films. The studio also screened two nearly finished scenes from the film, one that showed a shirtless Cruise drugged and hanging from a lead pipe as he’s beaten by a muscled bad guy called the bone doctor. Think the “Marathon Man” interrogation scene with a WWF star filling in for Sir Laurence Olivier.

The other scene centered on Cruise and Simon Pegg’s sidekick character Benji engaged in a high speed car chase through the streets of Morocco.

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  1. Paul says:

    I seen the new movie, it was very good! But this airplane stunt was not in the film (or the version I saw)!

  2. MichiganJack says:

    WWF – I wasn’t aware the World Wildlife Foundation had a muscle bound version of Sir Laurence Olivier working for them.

  3. Jeeves says:

    Did ye? Aye?

  4. ThatOtherGuy says:

    “The sequence required the star to an Airbus A400M as it soared 5,000 feet in the air”

    English, motherfecker! Do you speak it?

  5. wak anamjem says:

    I HAVE SEEN THE SHOOT OF TOM CRUISE IN WORLD’S TALLEST BUILDING IN BURJ KHALIFA, DUBAI WITH GHOST PROTOCOL OF MISSION IMPOSSIBLE WAS TERRIBLE AND HIGH RISK!
    HE IS AGAIN COMING WITH HIGHER AIR RISK STUNT SHOOT BY TAKING HIGHER RISK OF LIFE. SO I SUGGEST TOM CRUISE NOT TO GO HIGHER AND HIGHER RISK BECAUSE THERE IS A BITTER END! YOU ARE ALREADY IN 50s. YOUR ENERGY AND POWER NOT LIKE A PRIME TIME! BETTER TO CARE YOUR LIFE WHICH IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOUR MOVIES!

  6. Mike says:

    He does a lot of his own motorcycle work too, but this is crazy.

  7. Mantle Head says:

    WOW!!! Man, what an AWESOME trailer… it’s so much more mature than than the silly cartoon Avengers stuff. Hahahaha: ‘The other door…’ hahahhaha… hilarious!!!! Can’t wait!!!

    • Marie says:

      Me too. Can’t wait. What an exciting movie. Trailer already put me on the edge of my seat! Cruise, what a stunt man at 5000 feet hanging on the airplane. He is ultra bad ass! Wow!!

  8. mla28ny says:

    Just trying to get people to forget about all the Scientology shit.

    • Josh says:

      After I finished “Going Clear” and I saw that there was a “MI5” movie coming out I marveled at how powerful and scary his marketing team is. “Going Clear” made him look absolutely crazy and here comes a multi million dollar hit movie to tidy up the image.

      • Maria says:

        Really Josh? You don’t think the movie has been planned for years? They just saw GC a few weeks ago and quickly turned out a blockbuster? The conspiracy theories are too funny.
        Regardless, for the record just because something was stated in the “documentary” doesn’t mean it was fact. Tom isn’t some “number two” they just say that and try to use his name. He has been in London for practically two years with his last two movies. How does he find the time? lol

    • Marie says:

      You’re just jealous.

  9. Maurice says:

    I don’t get it! Why was this necessary!?? They had the budget to do this perfectly real-looking in CGI… this was totally unnecessary and very dangerous… and a bit of publicity stunt all the same.

  10. Dunstan says:

    Too bad Tom Cruise isn’t as concerned about all the abusive behavior dished out by Scientology.

  11. Drew Hickman says:

    When I saw this in the trailer I thought to myself that CGI looks pretty damn real. It’s official. Tom Cruise is either the bravest actor in Hollywood or absolutely bat-sh*t crazy.

  12. Not Good says:

    Can’t think of another film that might be on the Paramount slate.

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