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I Know You Don't Care for Tom Cruise, But You HAVE to Admire the Man's Determination

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | October 27, 2011 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | October 27, 2011 |

I know, I know, whatever Tom Cruise, blah blah Mission Impossible IV, the third one sucked blah blah blah. Oh, shut up. Whatever you want to say about Cruise and his religious beliefs, his sexual identity, his alleged “contract” wife, or his acting ability, there’s probably not another guy in Hollywood with more determination that Tom Cruise. He labors over scripts, he takes part in every element at very stage of his films, and he works hard on his movies, from pre-production through the marketing phase.

I admire the hell out of the man’s work ethic, and I cannot believe that one of the biggest, richest, most famous stars in Hollywood would not only perform many of his own stunts, but do so on top of the world’s tallest building while the wind is whipping around. He effing jumps off this building, and then climbs back up. I don’t care how much gear one has around his waist or how safe the stunt might be, it would have to be absolutely terrifying. He’s a mile-and-a-half up in the air, hanging on for dear life, and he is aware enough to look into the camera and give it a Tom Cruise glare. That’s impressive, folks.

You have to see this. If you are terrified of heights, as I am (I could barely watch the opening scene in the third Mission Impossible), it’s going to be difficult to watch. But it is nevertheless amazing, fearless, and impresssive. I would piss myself taking the elevator this high, and Cruise is just walking up a building like it’s just another day at the office.

Tell me you don’t want to see that in IMAX.

(Via Movieline)

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