Wait a minute… Wait a minute… Wait just one minute!
Excuse me, but isn’t that Superman?
Superman who is faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!
Take a look at the picture below. Does that look like superman to you?
Or maybe I’m getting him confused with somebody else… Oh, never mind…
The name Tom Cruise might invoke thoughts of movies such as Top Gun, Minority Report and Mission Impossible. Or you might just be thinking Hot & Sexy and “You had me at hello!”
To most people he is synonymous with big blockbuster movies, but if you were to ask the actor if this had always been his lifelong dream, he would tell you that as a 14 year old Franciscan seminary student his only ambition was to become a priest. Yet as one of the top 100 movie stars of all time, his career is a far cry from that youthful ambition.
Take for instance his new Mission Impossible movie “Ghost Protocol” coming out Dec. 21st.
Many movies stars like to brag about doing their own stunts, but this is where Tom Cruise takes the cake, or should I say, walks the walk—especially in his new movie when it came to leaping out of the window of the tallest building in the world. This has made all the other stunts he’s done in the past pale in comparison.
The Burj Khalifa is a 181 story, 2723 foot tall mirrored glass skyscraper and is located in the country of Dubai. This 49 year old actor made running up alongside this building look as easy as a cat climbing up a tree. According to producer Brian Burk, Tom may have had a stunt man test out the safety rigging, but every frame you see in the movie is really Tom Cruise. It’s a good thing too because his stunt man as it turns out is afraid of heights, but apparently Mr. Cruise isn’t.
Yet it wouldn’t be Hollywood if there wasn’t any movie magic applied to the screen. So what you won’t see are all the wires and safety harnesses he was hooked up to in order to perform all those virtual Mission Impossible stunts.
Say all you want, but there is one thing that can definitely be said about Tom Cruise.
So what do you think? Have you ever seen the 181 story Burj Khalifa building in Dubai? Could you jump out of a skyscraper window and pull a stunt like that? Or are you afraid of heights? And if you’re a Tom Cruise fan, what movie or movies are your favorites?
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