In recent years much has been made, usually as part of a PR push for Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible franchise, of how Tom Cruise does many of his own stunts. His super-spy Ethan Hunt certainly does a lot of running in these films, and Tom Cruise certainly does his own running. The series has almost become a showcase for Tom Cruise's running: In Mission: Impossible III
, director J.J. Abrams was wise enough to include an extended sequence of Tom Cruise furiously barreling along a crowded Shanghai waterfront; Abrams held shots for what felt like an impossibly long time, and Tom Cruise's pace never slackened. A few years later, Brad Bird's Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol
somehow managed to find a way to have Tom Cruise run, both horizontally and vertically, along the gleaming windows of the dizzyingly tall Burj Khalifa.
I will say nothing of Tom Cruise's running in Christopher McQuarrie's Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation
, other than to note that the very first time we see Tom Cruise in Rogue Nation
, he is running—at which point he leaps onto the wing of a taxiing aircraft, runs up the wing, and manages to cling to the fuselage just in time for the plane to scream into the sky. This is only the first of Rogue Nation's
many clever, intense, and largely wordless action sequences, and Tom Cruise does not do it halfway.
by Erik Henriksen