Stunt­man Cruise on hard work mis­sion

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

TOM Cruise has put his eye­wa­ter­ing stunts down to long work­ing hours as he at­tended the UK pre­miere of Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble – Rogue Na­tion.

The 53- year- old Hol­ly­wood A- lis­ter is known for per­form­ing his own stunts, and con­tin­ued the trend with an all- ac­tion dis­play repris­ing the role of spy Ethan Hunt in the fifth in­stal­ment of the Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble fran­chise.

Ap­pear­ing on the red car­pet at the Lon­don Imax on Satur­day night, Cruise at­trib­uted the gru­elling stunt scenes – many of them filmed on the streets of Lon­don – to years of prac­tice.

“I have trained my whole life, con­stantly, whether it’s drama or ac­tion.

“I don’t sleep much and I love what I do so I’m work­ing many long hours. I usu­ally will break the film down in se­quences – I work with the stunt team to train and train.

“I’ve been do­ing it for so long, and I never take any­thing for granted. When we come up with things, there’s so many on ev­ery film I can’t in­clude them all.”

Cruise added that the story of a movie should take cen­tre stage. “I want some­thing that’s cin­e­matic, that’s char­ac­ter and story – for me, story is king. We have to find ways of putting the au­di­ence in­side that char­ac­ter.

“You want those shots but it has to be the right tone – some­thing ex­hil­a­rat­ing and spine tin­gling.”

Swedish- born ac­tor Re­becca Fer­gu­son, who plays love in­ter­est Isla Faust in Rogue Na­tion, de­scribed her co- star as “the stunt king”.

“To go into a Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble with the stunt king him­self is like stunt school. See­ing him in ac­tion, not only as the work ethic man that he is, but he’s also funny.”

Tom Cruise.

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