Tom Cruise: The Real Life Action Hero – Top 5 Craziest Stunts

Tom Cruise. The name itself screams action! This Hollywood legend isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty, or apparently, dangle hundreds of feet in the air without a net. Cruise is notorious for insisting on doing his own stunts, and over the years, he’s pulled off some truly jaw-dropping feats. Let’s take a look at the top 5 craziest Tom Cruise stunts that had us all on the edge of our seats:

1. Scaling the Burj Khalifa – Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)

Imagine yourself strapped to the side of the tallest building in the WORLD. Yeah, not exactly a relaxing Sunday afternoon. That’s exactly what Cruise did in Ghost Protocol. He spent weeks training and getting comfortable at dizzying heights to film this insane sequence where he scales the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. And here’s the kicker: no stunt double. This was all Tom Cruise, defying gravity and giving us sweaty palms.

2. Hanging off a Plane – Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)

Okay, so maybe scaling a building wasn’t enough of a thrill for Cruise. In Rogue Nation, he decided to up the ante by clinging to the side of a freakin’ airplane as it takes off! This stunt involved Cruise being harnessed to a specially modified Airbus A400M military transport aircraft. The plane reached speeds of over 100 miles per hour while Cruise held on for dear life. I don’t know about him, but I was white-knuckled the entire time watching that scene!

3. HALO Jump – Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)

Here’s where things get a little technical. A HALO jump, which stands for High Altitude, Low Open, is a military parachute jump from extreme heights. In Fallout, Cruise wasn’t satisfied with just any old skydiving scene. He opted to perform a real HALO jump, which involved him plummeting from over 25,000 feet! This stunt required months of training and special equipment, and let me tell you, watching Cruise freefall through the atmosphere was pure cinematic magic (and maybe a little bit terrifying).

4. Running on the Roof of a Train – Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One (2023)

Cruise just keeps pushing the limits! In the latest installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise, he decided to, well, run across the roof of a moving train. Sounds simple enough, right? Wrong! This scene involved Cruise sprinting across a speeding train in Norway, with very little room for error. One slip, and things could have gone very, very wrong. But of course, Cruise pulled it off flawlessly, proving once again that he’s the king of the action scene.

5. The Motorcycle Cliff Jump – Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One (2023)

We saved the craziest for last. For Dead Reckoning Part One, Cruise apparently decided that running on trains wasn’t dangerous enough. So, what did he do? He jumped off a freaking cliff on a motorcycle! This stunt involved Cruise riding a motorbike off a steep cliff in Norway, then BASE jumping (parachuting without a plane) to safety. This has been called the most dangerous stunt Cruise has ever attempted, and honestly, it’s hard to argue.

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