Tom Cruise: 10 Most DANGEROUS Stunts!

With the recent news that Tom Cruise is in talks to shoot a film in Space, we got thinking. Tom Cruise is well known for doing his own stunts, regardless of how dangerous they may be. But what are the 5 most dangerous stunts that Tom Cruise has ever attempted.

1. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation – Hanging Off A Flying Plane

Yes, you read that right.

During the shooting of the fourth installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise, Tom Cruise did the unthinkable. He hangs onto an Airbus 400 as it jets down the runaway and begins to take off.

Safety was taken very seriously, as described by the film’s cinematographer, Robert Elswit during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter:

He was also wearing special contact lenses to protect his eyes. If anything hit him at those speeds it could be really bad. They were very careful about cleaning the runway so there were no rocks. And we took off in certain weather conditions; there were no birds. And he’s sort of protected by the way the air moves over the wing.

Watch the footage below, it is literally as insane as it sounds.

2. American Made: Not Flying The Plane

This is another insanely dangerous plane stunt. Except this time, it’s Tom Cruise flying the plane – well, sort of.

Most actors cannot even do car chases at high speeds, for insurance and safety purposes. Tom Cruise somehow managed to convince studios to let him fly a plane. Except it was Tom Cruise, meaning it wasn’t as simple as just flying the plane. Doug Liman reported to Yahoo:

“It can be pretty hair-raising – flying extremely fast, small airplanes, low to the ground, is a dangerous environment to be in just on its own. Then, in the story, he’s throwing bales of cocaine out of the airplane, loading them up with guns, so every once in a while in this scene he’s got to climb out of the cockpit and go to the back of the airplane to dump the cocaine out.

“I’m flying alongside him in a helicopter filming, and that made a big impression on me – there’s nobody in the cockpit of the plane! Tom has gone to the back of the aircraft, and he’s alone in that airplane. It’s one thing to have Tom Cruise alone in the airplane flying it – that’s already outrageous – now he’s alone and he’s not even in the cockpit so he’s gone beyond. It was already a stunt before he left the cockpit, it was already a serious stunt.”

3. Top Gun – Parachute Incident

While this isn’t technically a plane stunt like the last two, it is still just as terrifying. What makes it even more dangerous and scary is that this is one of the stunts where Tom Cruise could have literally lost his life.

During the film, Tom Cruise’s character Maverick has to abandon the plane and parachute into the Ocean.

However, in reality, Cruise did not realise that his parachute was filling was water.

In the New York Post, co-star Barry Tubbs, said:

“Luckily one of the frogmen in the chopper saw his chute ballooning out. He jumped in and cut Cruise loose right before he sank. They would have never found him. He would have been at the bottom of the ocean.”

He also added:

“Cruise came as close to dying as anybody on a set I’ve ever seen.”

A scary thought indeed. Watch the scene here:

4. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol – Scaling Burj Khalifa

Sticking with the theme of heights, Cruise also went on to scale the tallest building in the world.

The Burj Khalifa has a staggering 163 floors and reaches a height of 830 metres. Definitely not for the faint hearted.

Watch Cruise scale the building in the scene below:

5. Mission: Impossible 2 – Free Climbing

In the second installment of the series, the film opens with Cruise climbing and hanging off dangerous looking cliffs.

During an interview with Jonathan Ross, Cruise talked about how he had to carry a lot of his own weight because the harness wasn’t attached correctly. Well, that doesn’t sound safe!

6. Collateral – Almost Getting Run Over

Tom Cruise’s co-star, Jamie Foxx, believed that he had killed Tom Cruise during an accident on-set during one of the chase scenes. He says:

“I hit the gas, the cab goes straight head on into [Cruise’s] Mercedes and the Mercedes lifts off the ground and goes off the set.”

In true Tom Cruise fashion, Cruise replied that was okay, and was only tossed around a bit.

By the way, if you haven’t seen the movie, click here, because seeing Cruise playing the villain could be a career highlight. It is not to be missed.

7. Edge Of Tomorrow – Almost Getting Run Over… Again

You would think that would learn after the first time. Although to be fair to Cruise, it was someone else trying to run his over again, so he can’t be blamed.

In this instance, the person trying to run him over was his co-star, Emily Blunt. She talks about the incident here:

8. Mission: Impossible – Fallout – Is your ankle supposed to bend that way?

One of the most famous images to leak before the release of the 6th installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise was that of Cruise breaking his ankle.

Cruise talks about it in detail on The Graham Norton Show:

9. Mission: Impossible – Aquarium Explosion

Explosion related stunts are dangerous. However, Tom Cruise described how this stunt became even more dangerous when he wasn’t receiving clear instructions from his stunt co-ordinator. Cruise explained:

He said, ‘OK we’re gonna go on three,’ and he started going, ‘Three, two, one.’ I said, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa, stop, stop.’ Everyone was stopped, waiting. You know, we have the explosion that’s going to go over my head. I said, ‘You just said on three!’ He said, ‘Well, I meant three.’ Well, what does that mean? I said everyone, please — it was like two in the morning — their setting it up. There’s broken glass, just tons of water. He said, ‘Well, I’m gonna three, two, one.’ And I said, ‘Do I go then? Do I go on one? Like, when do I go? Do I go on one? Are you going to push the button? Is it going to explode on one?’ He kind of looked at me like, I don’t know. Sure. Around then. When you hear the explosion, just go.”

10. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation – Holding His Breath

Okay, granted, this doesn’t sound like one of those typical dangerous stunts that Tom Cruise does.

However, it was the duration of time that Cruise held his breath that made this an impressive feat: six and half minutes. That’s on the top end of what a professional diver would even attempt. Seriously impressive.

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