Most actors tend to take the backseat when it comes to stunts, but Tom Cruise is a huge exception. The actor tries to do most of his stunts himself and has even come up with some of the most dangerous ones. So which crazy stunts did he do that you probably assumed was a stunt man? Here are 10 dangerous stunts that Cruise did himself.
1. Hanging off the side of a plane in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
In this Mission Impossible installment, Tom Cruise returns to his role as Ethan Hunt and has to take down an organization called the Syndicate. The movie starts off with a bang with a scene of Cruise running and jumping onto a plane about to lift off. He ends up having to hang on the outside of the plane until his partner can open the door.
This stunt actually started out as a joke, but became real when the daredevil actor agreed to it. The director, Christopher McQuarrie said in an interview, “I suggested to Tom, ‘What if you were on the outside of this thing when it took off?’ I meant it as sort of a half joke, but he said back to me, ‘Yeah I could do that!’”