You have all heard the stories. Tom Cruise loves doing his own stunts, even when he clearly shouldn’t do them because there is a decent chance he might die. But after five Mission: Impossible films, it’s clear that nothing is impossible for Cruise.
Who remembers seeing these photos of the insane actor clinging to the side of a military plane 5,000ft above the ground?
We honestly thought this was the most impressive stunt coming from the new Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation film, but the 52-year-old actor surprised us once again.
In the new trailer for the film, you see Cruise’s character almost die underwater. And if you’re thinking, “Damn! What an actor, I really felt like he was fighting for his life.” It’s because he was fighting for his life. Cruise worked extensively for the underwater scene shot without a cut.
The actor talked about the stunt in a new interview with USA Today…
“It’s something I have always wanted to do. [Director Christopher McQuarrie] and I have been thinking about it since working on Edge of Tomorrow. I have done a lot of underwater sequences. But we wanted to create a suspense underwater sequence without cuts. So doing that sequence was really interesting. We’re underwater and we’re doing breath-holds of 6 to 61/2 minutes. So I was doing all my training with the other stuff (on-set). It was very taxing stuff.”
That’s right, 6 freaking minutes! I didn’t even think that was possible without suffering some brain damage, but apparently I just don’t realize how impressive the human body is. A man by the name of Stig Severinsen holds the world record for holding his breath under water for 22 minutes, although, he was allowed to take in pure oxygen before attempting to break the record.
Check out Tom Cruise in action in the new trailer below. The film hits theaters July 31, 2015. Please go see it. Cruise almost died for you.