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12 of Tom Cruise’s Most Jaw-Dropping Stunts

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Tom Cruise has never steered away from challenging himself in his roles for projects. Especially since 1986’s Top Gun, he has continued to push the limits of his body and acting, taking on his own stunts in most of his top films, including Mission: ImpossibleThe Last Samurai and Jack Reacher.

Most recently, Cruise took on several death-defying stunts in Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One, including speed-flying down a mountainside as well as driving a motorcycle off a cliff and parachuting to safety.

The actor has previously said during an appearance on The Graham Norton Show that he has been “doing different stunts” since he was a child and that once he got into acting, he wanted to keep doing it to help with the “storytelling.”

“I feel that (when) acting you’re bringing everything, you know, physically and emotionally, to a character in a story,” he explained at the time. “And I’m able to do it (stunts), and I’ve trained for 30 years doing things like this that it allows us to put cameras in places where you normally are not able to.”

More recently, during a conversation at Cannes in 2022, Cruise reiterated that he enjoys performing his own stunts despite the danger, only this time he referenced one of the best athletes of Hollywood’s golden era.

“No one asked Gene Kelly, ‘Why do you dance?’” the actor said. “Why do you do your own dancing?’”

Below, The Hollywood Reporter has compiled a list of some of Cruise’s wildest stunts, some downright death-defying, throughout his decades-long career.