Tom Cruise pulled off classic Mission: Impossible stunt at the last chance

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Tom Cruise has opened up about filming arguably the most iconic moment in Mission: Impossible history, explaining that it was pulled off at the very last chance.

The famous hanging scene saw Cruise's Ethan Hunt lowered via cable into a vault at CIA headquarters – though during filming it seems he really struggled to stay balanced.

"We were running out of time, and I kept hitting my face and the take didn't work," he explained during an interview for Paramount's anniversary Blu-ray for the movie (via The Hollywood Reporter).

Photo credit: Paramount
Photo credit: Paramount

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Cruise ended up putting pound coins in his shoes to try and counterweight, remaining determined until they got the shot at the last chance.

"[Director] Brian [De Palma] said, 'One more and then I am going to have to cut [into the moment] and do it,'" he recalled. "I said, 'I can do it.'

"And I went down to the floor, and I didn't touch. I remember thinking, 'Oh, my gosh. I didn't touch.' And I was holding it, holding it, holding it, holding it.

"And I'm sweating and I'm sweating. And he just keeps rolling," Cruise added, revealing that De Palma had got the shot and was only holding on longer as a joke.

Photo credit: Paramount
Photo credit: Paramount

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Meanwhile, Cruise recently addressed his infamous rant on the set of Mission: Impossible 7 as he reprimanded crew members for breaking COVID-19 rules.

"I said what I said," he told Empire Magazine, noting there was "a surge" in coronavirus cases in England at the time.

"There was a lot at stake at that point," Cruise added. "But it wasn't my entire crew. I had the crew leave the set, and it was just select people."

Mission: Impossible 7 currently has a scheduled release date of May 27, 2022.

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