When a movie star says they do their own stunts, it’s usually safe to assume that they mean they rode a motorcycle a few feet or had to run in heels (which, to be fair, is a dangerous goddamn stunt). Real stunts are so dangerous, and the insurance companies so skittish for much else— plus every stunt person I’ve ever met has a thousand badass stories about their thousand scars, and I can’t fault a professionally beautiful person for wanting to protect their moneymaker.
But when Tom Cruise says he does his own stunts, what he apparently means is that he HE DOES HIS OWN STUNTS. He has a reputation for as much, but it’s a very different thing to hear the stories and to actually see the man hanging off the side of a plane. In the air. IN THE DAMN SKY.
Sorry, I need to spend a few hours in a Scientology literature rabbit hole to balance out this sudden, excessive Tom Cruise admiration.