"I've done a lot of different things, and I've always wanted to do that," the Mission: Impossible star said of his high-flying stunt

By Mark Gray
April 22, 2015 10:25 AM

Tom Cruise has one mission when it comes to his movie roles.

“I do everything I can do to entertain an audience,” he said during a recent surprise appearance at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.

This time, that means hanging off the side of an A400 plane in his upcoming film Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.

Cruise had to film the above scene eight times but despite numerous challenges, “I told them, ‘Don’t stop filming,’ ” the daredevil actor said at CinemaCon in April.

Cruise, 53, had to wear special lenses to adjust to the wind speed, and filmmakers had to worry about things like bird strikes and debris coming at him both from the runway and at 5,000 feet in the air.

“I was hit by a tiny particle from the runway and I literally thought it broke my ribs,” he said on the Caesars Palace stage.

Although he admitted he was terrified, he said of flying on the outside of a plane, “I’ve done a lot of different things, and I’ve always wanted to do that.”

Simon Pegg, who has costarred with Cruise in three Mission: Impossible movies, including the upcoming fifth installment of the franchise, said the actor’s stunts add to his mystique.

“He’s one of the last movie stars, if not the last movie star of his kind,” Pegg observed. “And that’s partly because we don’t really know Tom Cruise. Nobody really knows Tom Cruise.”

The English actor may know Cruise about as well as anybody can. The two have been friends for the past 10 years.

“When you get that access to him and see him just being regular, it’s kind of a bit weird,” Pegg said. “He cares a lot about his crew, and he cares a lot about the work he does.”

Added costar Rebecca Ferguson, “You know, to be able to look at him and learn, it’s been like school.”

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation hits theaters July 31.

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