Tom Cruise may not be the greatest actor of all time but he is certainly the greatest stunt actor of all time. The phrase Tom Cruise did his own stunts in ____, can be filled in with Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Edge of Tomorrow, Jack Reacher, Knight and Day in a rather preliminary google search. Cruise wants to assure his audience that it is really him in almost every frame.
Cruise supposedly fired the insurance company underwriting Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol when they refused to insure him for the Burj Khalifa stunt that had Cruise running up and down the world's tallest building.
“On Ghost Protocol, we wanted to hang Tom off the side of a building and we actually couldn’t get insurance, and Tom wanted to fire the insurance company [laughs], noted Skydance Production CEO David Ellison in an interview with Collider writer Adam Chitwood. And we did and we got somebody to insure the movie. A hilarious but true story is it was the day we were actually rehearsing the Burj Khalifa, it was the whole stunt team, Tom on the side of the building, me, [director] Brad Bird, and [producer] Bryan Burk, and Tom was padded up, had the helmet on, and we had rehearsed for months inside these hangars and sound stages and Tom kicked off the building and, as he would describe it, spectacularly crashed into it head first, and me and Burk and Brad were like ‘this is a really bad idea’. In true Tom fashion, while we were all arguing amongst ourselves about how we were the largest idiots known to mankind for putting ourselves in this situation, Tom reset back to one with the stunt guys and nailed it perfectly on the second rehearsal. And we all kind of looked at each other and were like, ‘Well, that’s why he’s Tom Cruise.’ We shot it the next day. We shot it twice and it was spectacular.”
Cruise is known to throw a tantrum or two if he is not allowed to do his own stunts.
“He stomps his feet and fights for it and tells [the studio] that basically if they don’t [let him], he’s not going to do the movie,” laughs Wade Eastwood, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation's movie’s stunt coordinator and Cruise’s friend in an interview with the New York Post's Gregory E. Miller “When he wants to do something cool, he’ll fight to the death in order to do it.”
“I mean, if you’ve got enough time, talent and money, anything is insurable,” noted Eastwood. “All insurers want to know is that things are done safely and any risk is a reasonable one.”
It is safe to say that the studio easily found the insurance to do these five nicely silhouetted posters that features Cruise's stunt shadow doing five cool exploits from Rogue Nation.