Tom Cruise climbs to new heights for “Mission” stunt


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Tom Cruise has never been one to shy away from a dangerous stunt. But those interested in getting a sneak peek at his latest thrilling endeavor had to look way up into the Dubai sky.

Cruise was dangling from the Burj Khalifa skyscraper, the world’s tallest building, to film a scene from Brad Bird’s “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol,” the fourth installment in the spy franchise. And the Daily Mirror has a pretty good shot of the stunt in scale, just to give you an idea of how far from the ground Cruise was perched.

“I was holding my breath, I thought one false move and he’s finished but he pulled it off,” said one fan who was hanging out at the bottom of the building watching Cruise’s latest escapades.

Cruise returns as secret agent Ethan Hunt in the film, though details about the plot are being kept under wraps. We know Cruise will be joined by Jeremy Renner, Josh Holloway, Paula Patton and Ving Rhames. We know Bird is directing from a J.J. Abrams story idea. And we know that’s actually Cruise hanging on the side of that skyscraper, doing his own stunts.

“Tom has been preparing for this stunt for some time,” said spokeswoman Amanda Lundberg. “He believes if he performs the stunts himself, the audience believes more in his character.”

“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” will be in theaters next December.

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