Tom Cruise Talks Filming 'Mission: Impossible's' Death-Defying Stunts
For Tom Cruise’s latest movie, “Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol,” the actor performed a series of harrowing stunts on the Burj Khalifa in Dubai – the world’s tallest building – and said he had one mission to accomplish!
“Not falling!” Tom said with a laugh during an interview with Access Hollywood guest correspondent Tim Vincent in Dubai on Wednesday.
“I want to entertain an audience, and I think people see and feel the difference,” he said when asked why he and director Brad Bird didn’t opt for special effects or green screen moviemaking tricks on the action movie.
But does wife Katie Holmes worry about her husband hanging on the side of the world’s tallest building?
“No, she knows that I train and prepare. I couldn’t do it without her, without my family’s support,” Tom told Tim. “She’s very supportive.”
While on top of the Burj Khalifa, which towers at 2,723 feet in the air, Tom left Katie and his family a message.
“I crawled over the side and signed some messages to Katie and the kids, you gotta sign it! You’re there,” the actor explained. “I wrote their names and that I love them.”
According to 49-year-old star, Katie is responsible for his newfound fancy footwork, which audiences first saw him show off as Les Grossman in “Tropic Thunder” and also in the upcoming movie musical “Rock of Ages.”
“Kate is a dancer and she kind of inspired Les Grossman and the dancing in that. She’s kind of said, ‘Come on I want you to come to this dance class.’ And she’s gotten the whole family in those classes,” he told Tim. “She’s the best dancer and Suri, of course. With me, I’ve got to work at it.”
Tom and Katie celebrated five years of marriage last month and the actor took some time out while shooting his current project, “One Shot,” to celebrate their special day.
“We had a great time,” he said of their anniversary. “I was shooting in Pittsburgh and it was very special. I made it very, very special.”
And with audiences buzzing about the latest “Mission: Impossible” is there the possibility of a fifth movie?
“I just want to get through this one,” Tom said. “And then we’ll all sit down and talk about it. I love this franchise. It’s so fun to work on.”
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