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11.03.2010

You know what? Tom Cruise is crazy. The awesome kind of crazy.

This past weekend, Cruise was seen filming an insane-looking action sequence for Brad Bird's MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL, running alongside the outer windows of the Burj Kahlifa in Dubai, the tallest building in the world standing at 2,717 ft. A helicopter flew incredibly close to the action as it filmed a sequence that apparently features Cruise on a sky-high foot chase.

And in case you're doubting that that's really Cruise, the actor himself confirmed a few days ago that he'd be up there pulling a Spider-Man: "I'll be spending many days, many hours on the side of this building. I can't give details, but I will be up there." His spokeswoman added: "Tom has been preparing for the stunt for some time. He believes if he performs the stunts himself, the audience believes more in his character."

If there's one thing I've always admired about Cruise that even his detractors could never deny, it's that he always brings a very real, very believable intensity and physicality to his action performances. It's a great thing that I think too often goes ignored when we're talking about actors and the things they choose or choose not to do on screen. Here are Cruise's thoughts doing his own stunts:

"I love having the camera right there in front of me, where you can see me holding a shot all the way through. I think it adds to the excitement for an audience. It's something that is challenging to do and fun for me. There's always that adrenalin before you do a stunt. But we go through everything, we prepare and we make sure we are ready."

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL opens December 16, 2011.





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7:17PM on 11/04/2010
Cant wait til the movie but what if he fell? I also think its amazing how the MI movies progressed just because I watched the first one for the first time in years on HBO and I saw how much Ethan Hunt grows from that film to the 3rd.
Cant wait til the movie but what if he fell? I also think its amazing how the MI movies progressed just because I watched the first one for the first time in years on HBO and I saw how much Ethan Hunt grows from that film to the 3rd.
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1:40PM on 11/04/2010
Way to go Cruise. Can't wait to see this
Way to go Cruise. Can't wait to see this
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3:23AM on 11/04/2010

Screw all the Cruise haters...

Sorry folks, he is still kickin' ass.
Sorry folks, he is still kickin' ass.
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4:13PM on 11/09/2010
uhm, he still is the only real living movie star, so yeah, obvious.
the only guy currently who could get on his level is jeremy rener, and he is in the movie too. wooot!
uhm, he still is the only real living movie star, so yeah, obvious.
the only guy currently who could get on his level is jeremy rener, and he is in the movie too. wooot!
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12:00AM on 11/04/2010
This probably wasn't even on the set of a movie, just Tom Cruise being awesome on a day to day basis.
This probably wasn't even on the set of a movie, just Tom Cruise being awesome on a day to day basis.
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11:24PM on 11/03/2010

Ghost Protocol is an awful title.

I love the Mission Impossible movies. A lot of people still seem to think it's cool to bash Cruise, but these movies are awesome, and I was really looking forward to an MI4, but I don't know about this movie. And as much as I love Jeremy Renner, this type of movie doesn't really suit him. Mission Impossible is about Ethan Hunt, and seeing him pass the torch to some younger guy would be pretty lame.
I love the Mission Impossible movies. A lot of people still seem to think it's cool to bash Cruise, but these movies are awesome, and I was really looking forward to an MI4, but I don't know about this movie. And as much as I love Jeremy Renner, this type of movie doesn't really suit him. Mission Impossible is about Ethan Hunt, and seeing him pass the torch to some younger guy would be pretty lame.
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8:59PM on 11/03/2010

Just Cruise being Cruise

Cool stunt. I might see MI4. Didn't bother with Knight and Day. Ever since Cruise starting acting all high and mighty, I've disliked him. So, MI4GP is still up in the air for me.
Cool stunt. I might see MI4. Didn't bother with Knight and Day. Ever since Cruise starting acting all high and mighty, I've disliked him. So, MI4GP is still up in the air for me.
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8:31PM on 11/03/2010

Stick

Dar Robinson's amazing fall in the '80s Burt Reynolds film Stick. I remember it was so cool because Robinson invented a special decellerator rig to do it and everyone was suprised at how many shots he was able to fire while falling backwards off the building. Dar Robinson was a pioneer.
Dar Robinson's amazing fall in the '80s Burt Reynolds film Stick. I remember it was so cool because Robinson invented a special decellerator rig to do it and everyone was suprised at how many shots he was able to fire while falling backwards off the building. Dar Robinson was a pioneer.
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6:55PM on 11/03/2010
jackie chan anyone? he did this in real life.
jackie chan anyone? he did this in real life.
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6:29PM on 11/03/2010

The Blues Brothers

I don't know if you can really call it 'one stunt', but I guess that car crash from Blues Brothers, which involves dozens of police cars, is my favourite 'stunt' ever..! ## we're on a mission from god! ##
I don't know if you can really call it 'one stunt', but I guess that car crash from Blues Brothers, which involves dozens of police cars, is my favourite 'stunt' ever..! ## we're on a mission from god! ##
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5:38PM on 11/03/2010

THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS

THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS scene at the beginning with the Hondas. Goin underneath the trailer on the semi was pretty cool.
Also, RUSH HOUR 3 when Jackie Chan jumps into the french flag on the Eiffel Tower and folds himself into it.

Those two come to mind.
THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS scene at the beginning with the Hondas. Goin underneath the trailer on the semi was pretty cool.
Also, RUSH HOUR 3 when Jackie Chan jumps into the french flag on the Eiffel Tower and folds himself into it.

Those two come to mind.
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4:33PM on 11/03/2010

HE'S NEAR 50 ...

... and does stunts like this??? I'm jealous :D
... and does stunts like this??? I'm jealous :D
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4:20PM on 11/03/2010

WAAAIIIIIIT

When did they announce the title as Ghost Protocol? I thought they were loosing the MI part all together? I'm glad they kept the Mission Impossible in the title but Ghost Protocol??? Reeeeeaaaaly?
When did they announce the title as Ghost Protocol? I thought they were loosing the MI part all together? I'm glad they kept the Mission Impossible in the title but Ghost Protocol??? Reeeeeaaaaly?
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6:35PM on 11/03/2010
You don't even know what the movie is about yet.
You don't even know what the movie is about yet.
11:20PM on 11/03/2010
fair enough, i voted thumb down on my post... but really Ghost Protocol?
fair enough, i voted thumb down on my post... but really Ghost Protocol?
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3:43PM on 11/03/2010
Fuckin A! Tom Cruise is awesome, just look at Collateral when heīs going through the club, thatīs intense.

For stunt, pick pretty much any scene from Undisputed 2 or 3.. Or Summer Glau beating the shit out of everyone in the bar in Serenity.
Fuckin A! Tom Cruise is awesome, just look at Collateral when heīs going through the club, thatīs intense.

For stunt, pick pretty much any scene from Undisputed 2 or 3.. Or Summer Glau beating the shit out of everyone in the bar in Serenity.
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3:25PM on 11/03/2010
Tom Cruise is the fucking MAN and the haters can lick my grundel. He's constantly doing his own stunts in everything and it really does add to his movies. That insane car jump in Knight and Day was another one of his craziest stunts.
Tom Cruise is the fucking MAN and the haters can lick my grundel. He's constantly doing his own stunts in everything and it really does add to his movies. That insane car jump in Knight and Day was another one of his craziest stunts.
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2:25PM on 11/03/2010
Now THAT'S dedication. I hope everyone appreciates this because that's who he's doing it for. Go TC!!
Now THAT'S dedication. I hope everyone appreciates this because that's who he's doing it for. Go TC!!
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1:34PM on 11/03/2010

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1:26PM on 11/03/2010

He does about 20% of his stunts

Yeh, Tom Cruise does some of his stunts, more than most celebrities, but he doesn't do all of them. Or anywhere close to that. He can't. It is in his contract that he can't. Insurance companies aren't going to approve multi-million dollar policies on a movie and then have the most important asset do something that could potentially harm them. He is contractually obligated to NOT do anything that would harm him. I worked on Knight and Day. He did a couple stunts, but none of the big ones. It's
Yeh, Tom Cruise does some of his stunts, more than most celebrities, but he doesn't do all of them. Or anywhere close to that. He can't. It is in his contract that he can't. Insurance companies aren't going to approve multi-million dollar policies on a movie and then have the most important asset do something that could potentially harm them. He is contractually obligated to NOT do anything that would harm him. I worked on Knight and Day. He did a couple stunts, but none of the big ones. It's the same reason you'll never see Nicole Kidman kneel. She has a bad knee injury and she isn't supposed to kneel, so it is in her contract that she can't.
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1:40PM on 11/03/2010
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11:24PM on 11/03/2010
thanks for bringing this to our attention. Food for thought.
thanks for bringing this to our attention. Food for thought.
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1:16PM on 11/03/2010

And this...

...is why Tom Cruise is (and will always be) a "movie star". Kudos!!
...is why Tom Cruise is (and will always be) a "movie star". Kudos!!
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12:41PM on 11/03/2010

"Separate the art from the artist!"

Free Enterprise: classic. If you work extremely hard on something(whatever it may be), it exhausts you. Exhaustion of the body over and over can sometimes lead to bad decision making and these folks are constantly under the gun or in frame. Whatever there basement turtles, but the fact remains that very few people would ever take their craft to this limit and the ones that do deserve better from us. Yeah they get paid the big bucks, but there is a lot more to that than the simpleton
Free Enterprise: classic. If you work extremely hard on something(whatever it may be), it exhausts you. Exhaustion of the body over and over can sometimes lead to bad decision making and these folks are constantly under the gun or in frame. Whatever there basement turtles, but the fact remains that very few people would ever take their craft to this limit and the ones that do deserve better from us. Yeah they get paid the big bucks, but there is a lot more to that than the simpleton public can understand. Really people he jumped up on Oprah's couch? That was what the lynch mob was after before Bale appropriately set MCG's non-professional DP in place. Now it's Gibson who deserves his backlash, but if you really dig deep into Gibson's past he's not such the raving lunatic(regardless of the drunken slurs). He has reason. I'm done. Research it, however burning Gibson at the stake makes a better story. The world makes me sick. I'm black by the way.
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12:30PM on 11/03/2010
Tom Cruise is nuts. However, it is inspiring how he puts himself in his roles. I do believe he's a great actor, and it's true that he does a lot (most?) of his stunts himself, despite how dangerous they can be. You've got to give him credit for that. Depending on the requirements of the role, he adapts and delivers everytime. That's one hell of an actor.
Tom Cruise is nuts. However, it is inspiring how he puts himself in his roles. I do believe he's a great actor, and it's true that he does a lot (most?) of his stunts himself, despite how dangerous they can be. You've got to give him credit for that. Depending on the requirements of the role, he adapts and delivers everytime. That's one hell of an actor.
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12:26PM on 11/03/2010
Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder is classic already, if this MI can deliver (like all the previous entries) he might be able to put this "Cameron Diaz" phase behind him.
Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder is classic already, if this MI can deliver (like all the previous entries) he might be able to put this "Cameron Diaz" phase behind him.
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10:54AM on 11/03/2010
oh look- its tom cruise the movie staaaaaaaaaaaaaaar. lol.
oh look- its tom cruise the movie staaaaaaaaaaaaaaar. lol.
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10:42AM on 11/03/2010
I love the fact that Cruise's risk taking nature has led him to roles like Jerry Maguire and Magnolia. I wish he would take more of THOSE kinds of risks, rather than running up and down the side of a building!
I love the fact that Cruise's risk taking nature has led him to roles like Jerry Maguire and Magnolia. I wish he would take more of THOSE kinds of risks, rather than running up and down the side of a building!
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10:26AM on 11/03/2010
You fucking rock Tom! I'm a huge fan of both the movies AND the TV series and can't wait to see this.

As for best stunt scene ever - the entire truck chase sequence in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Still to this day it is intense!
You fucking rock Tom! I'm a huge fan of both the movies AND the TV series and can't wait to see this.

As for best stunt scene ever - the entire truck chase sequence in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Still to this day it is intense!
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10:14AM on 11/03/2010
This is awesome. I love when actors do their own stunts.
This is awesome. I love when actors do their own stunts.
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10:14AM on 11/03/2010
Thats cool and all, but isn't his superman schtick getting a little tired? I'd like to see him play a legitimately vulnerable action role, for a change.
Thats cool and all, but isn't his superman schtick getting a little tired? I'd like to see him play a legitimately vulnerable action role, for a change.
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9:29AM on 11/03/2010
This is why Tom Cruise is still one of the the best actors out there. I can't name another actor who is more dedicated to their work than Cruise. Can't wait for this movie, and I agree with IQuitMrWhite in that this will probably be the best MI movie yet.
This is why Tom Cruise is still one of the the best actors out there. I can't name another actor who is more dedicated to their work than Cruise. Can't wait for this movie, and I agree with IQuitMrWhite in that this will probably be the best MI movie yet.
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9:00AM on 11/03/2010
This is probably going to be the best Mission Impossible yet. Brad Bird directing, and batshit crazy stunts like this? Badass.
This is probably going to be the best Mission Impossible yet. Brad Bird directing, and batshit crazy stunts like this? Badass.
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8:52AM on 11/03/2010

Favourite Stunt

Ong Bak, sliding under the car, I'd seen nothing like it before!
Ong Bak, sliding under the car, I'd seen nothing like it before!
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8:36AM on 11/03/2010

Mission incredible

You gotta hand it to Cruise, he is mental and thoroughly entertaining, sure he's made some bad movies (who hasn't) but a most of them I've loved to pieces (Jerry Maguire,Minority Report) I think this could be good!
You gotta hand it to Cruise, he is mental and thoroughly entertaining, sure he's made some bad movies (who hasn't) but a most of them I've loved to pieces (Jerry Maguire,Minority Report) I think this could be good!
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