Tom Cruise has been known to be quite a daredevil when it comes to doing his stunts. It's no wonder that his latest movie Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation features Tom doing the craziest and most elaborate stunt yet.
During his second Mission: Impossible film, we saw Cruise free climb the filming location Dead Horse Point in Utah with a harness but no safety net to catch him, and that was just for the opening scene. We also saw him in a knife fight with a blade coming only more than a quarter of an inch from his face, which Tom insisted. Next we see him in Mission: Impossible III with a tractor trailer right on top of him, and doing the skyscraper jump himself. Cruise seems to bring it up to eleven in every MI film, since during Brad Bird's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol we see him scaling the tallest building in the world - the Burj Khalifa - with no stunt double involved.
Considering he's not getting any younger, you would think that he's going to dial it down a little bit with the stunts, but this featurette tells us that MI - Rogue Nation shot a scene eight times without any stunt double where Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt is hanging for dear life on the side of the plane as it takes off. If anything went wrong at all, Cruise would be stuck outside the plane until it lands.
We've known this stunt was going to happen, as we have seen photos from the filming location where a man was hanging at the side of the plane. But this video not only confirms that the stunt was done by Cruise himself, but that it was also done 8 times which is pretty scary for any normal human being.
"I couldn't sleep the night before, and then came the day. I was like, 'Okay, this is really happening," Cruise says in a sly grin. It's good to know that even actors like Tom Cruise, who has done a lot of crazy stunts, still feel terrified about doing the shot even when they actually do it anyway.
For all it's worth, Tom Cruise doing his own stunts has led to the best action sequences in movie history. Some might say he's foolish for doing that, but it's a nice thing to know that he cares about producing a good movie, not just in making large sums of money. If he thinks that means doing his own stunts, then we're all up for it.
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation opens to theaters on July 31, 2015.