Stuntman Cruise on hard work mission
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.”