Tom Cruise in a new ‘MI4’ “death-defying” stunt video: manly or trying too hard?


As everyone is well aware by now, Tom Cruise is extremely committed to proving his masculinity on the big screen. His most recent instance of testosterone-laden celluloid implantation is through his “very sensitive” and controversial One Shot casting. But that’s not all, of course. Tom’s also proven himself to be a very manly man by giving us free tickets to his gun show and strategically posing for, depending on how you look at it, oddly lumpy or fabulously hot shirtless photos of himself on the set of Mission: Impossible 4 – Ghost Protocol. About a year ago, Tom filmed scenes atop the Burj Khalifa Tower (the tallest building in the world) in Dubai and freaked out a tourist on the observation deck in the process. It goes without saying that the Burj Khalifa resembles a giant phallus, right? Well, here’s a newly-released featurette that shows Tom gleefully intensely having a ball while swinging from the Burj:

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It’s been widely reported that Tom Cruise performed his own stunts for the latest installment in the Mission: Impossible series, Ghost Protocol.

But a new video shows the moves are truly death-defying.

In the gasp-inducing sneak peek, Cruise, 49, dangles from a suspension cord and runs up, down and sideways along the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in downtown Dubai, which stretches 2,723 feet (just over half a mile) into the sky.

The scene was filmed using cameras in the building as well as a helicopter crew circling it.

“This is just another day at work on Mission: Impossible,” according to director Brad Bird.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol will hit theaters Dec. 21.

[From People]

Poor Tom wants to be taken so seriously as an action hero. Sure, Tom was brave enough perform these stunts, but I have no doubt that they was not “truly death-defying” because the film’s producers simply wouldn’t have taken that chance. If something would’ve happened to Tom, they would’ve lost many millions of dollars. Thus, they had the best people working on these stunts with Tom, reinforcing them, and testing them beforehand. All so Tom could look like a big (emphasis on the big) tough guy … while danging from a phallus.

Meanwhile, actresses such as Hayley Atwell, Diane Kruger, Kate Beckinsale are battling it out for the female lead alongside Tom in Oblivion, a science-fiction adventure film. No doubt, Tom will wear lifts in that movie too. And exactly what (other than shopping) has wife Katie Holmes been up to lately? She’s been filming a guest spot on CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother” as Naomi, a.k.a., “The Slutty Pumpkin.” The Halloween-themed episode will air next Monday, and here’s a video preview from Us Weekly:

Uh, that pumpkin was far from slutty. I bet Tom likes it though.






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  1. Eve says:

    As everyone is well aware by now, Tom Cruise is extremely committed to proving his masculinity on the big screen.

    Off-screen too, Bedhead.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Um, are we supposed to take those stills from MI seriously?

  3. Rux says:

    Seriously, I don’t care how many stunt people checked, tested, etc. that stunt is still “ballsy”. I think we should cut him slack. Besides, I still think the trailer for MI4 is awesome.

  4. NM9005 says:

    I don’t give a flying fuck what he tries to prove with this stunt and I doubt I will watch this film anytime soon but when I was watching, my palms began to sweat so I was in awe of Tom for being so “brave” to do this. Having vertigo, I’m always amazed by these kind of people. I know he’s an adrenaline junkie and likes this kind of stuff but still, I would have seriously pooped my pants so good for Tom for wanting to do these kinds of stunts.

  5. Kaboom says:

    You couldn’t pay me to even enter that tower, much less run around dangling from a rope on the outside. What’s the Scientology idea of afterlife like? Maybe he’s just fishing for a promotion from Operating Thetan to the next rank?

  6. Dee says:

    Bedhead, why of why did you have to post that shirtless picture of him again?! What have we done to be subjected to this? It was completely unecessary.

    Having seen the trailer, I’m gonna check it out, it still looks like a good ol’ action movie. I just wish the main star weren’t Tom Cruise. And yup, he’s definately trying too hard.
    Poor Katie…she had such a promising career…now she’s reduced to guest spots on HIMYM. Damn.

  7. The Original Mia says:

    Tom! We get it. You’ve got dangling bits. We know you’re a man. Being short doesn’t negate the fact. You’re trying way too hard to prove it to everyone.

    It’s also a bit ridiculous to continue in this vein when everyone knows the movie’s producers are not going to risk their money by letting the star of their franchise perform a stunt that could get him killed.

  8. mia135 says:

    Anyone who can do that is pretty impressive in my books.
    Having said that, he needs to put the shirt back on, quit acting altogether and start directing movies or something if he wants to appear more manly. Better to be distinguished at his age than come off as a man-child obessesed with being an action-hero.

    Poor Katie.

  9. whome says:

    dont give a crap… I love Tom as an actor as a person.. well i think he is a little off. I loved all the MI movies and will cant wait for this one to come out.

  10. Jackie says:

    he has ‘old man’ body. ick.

  11. mmf says:

    His upper body reminds me of my Grandpa.

  12. snappy81 says:

    I really don’t want to see him without a shirt on ever again. 🙁

  13. Shelb says:

    He’s a shame he’s a crazy Xenu-lover. He’s a great actor, but the past decade every movie he’s done has been ruined for me. I just keep remembering how crazy he is and how terrible his cult is.

  14. ladybert62 says:

    to #10 and #11 posts: he has old man body and reminds you of you grandpa? Seriously? I just dont see that.

    Anyway, if he really did that scene I am impressed since there is not enough money in the world to make me do that! ha ha

  15. serena says:

    “hey had the best people working on these stunts with Tom, reinforcing them, and testing them beforehand” Well, would you climb a thing like that without appropriate security? I don’t think so.

    This is just being purely bitchy, I don’t like or dislike Tom but just bashing him everytime it’s not right. Give him some space, after all HE can act. That’s just what I’m expecting from an ACTOR. I don’t really care if he wears heels, cheats, is gay, scientologist, or whatever crap.

    It’s not like he’s going to some bloody murderer party and then claim that he didn’t know. Eh.

  16. Victoria says:

    Tom has always done the majority of his own stunts for MI. he still looks good. My grans wishes.


    Why should he stop making action films if he is physically able and, yes, hot just because he is not 25?

  17. Pyewacket says:

    All this “He has old man’s body”. Gee, I am sure the lot of you are going to look hot at that age, right?

  18. kieslwoski says:

    Ever since his psycho behaviour and his fall from grace I am unable to watch any of his movies.

    Unless he makes another movie with the brilliant Paul Thomas Anderson, or works with DArren Aronofsky or David Fincher I’am not watching a Tom Cruise movie.

  19. NancyMan says:

    WOW, it seems only a few years ago that I hoped Tom would come out and admit to being gay. Now, I actually pray that he doesn’t ever do it..

  20. Rhiley says:

    That video kind of makes my stomach drop. I am with Rux. After seeing that I am all Tom has balls that would rival Cisco Adler.

  21. Kimbob says:

    I’ll have to give credit where it’s due. I watched that video & it’s quite impressive. I’m just the type of person that will give credit to & acknowledge superlative work on a person’s behalf. Tom Cruise will not be an exception to that rule.

    Not too long ago (maybe 2 mths AT BEST?) a reality show of some type was filming STUNT MEN rapelling from a helicopter (the height they were at was NOWHERE NEAR as high as Tom C. was in his video). Anyway, one of the stunt men broke his ankle/leg…& it was GNARLY when while rapelling, something went terribly wrong & he slammed into the ground full force.

    That being said, I have to tip my hat to anyone that is that ballsy, & has that much pride & integrity in the “end product” they’re working on. Yes, it’s also an ego-feeding proposition, but he does this also out of concern for the quality of what’s being put out to the public for consumption. Gotta have some respect!

  22. snappy81 says:

    I don’t understand why some people complain when unflattering comments are made about celebrities here. Isn’t this site called “celebitchy”? And even if it’s not, why should anyone be chastised for posting a negative opinion about a celebrity??

  23. UKHels says:

    although I don’t like him personally I’ve always liked him as an actor and admire the fact that he does all his own stunts

    he’s still got no shoulders though (remember the volleyball scene in Top Gun? OWNED by Iceman and Slider)

  24. F5 says:

    Yep that’s totally ballzy..I have crippling fear of heights.. so, serious respect for that 0__o

    His pics w/o shirt reminded me I need to buy some chicken.

  25. Victoria says:

    meanwhile is paula patton gorgeous or what?

  26. maggiegrace says:

    He’s got obvious post-lipo belly going on…

  27. Mouse says:

    His time as an in-demand actor was over ages ago. It’s been a long time since he was in any movie I wanted to pay money to see. He looks old, he acts crazy, and his movies are boring.

    I hope Hayley Atwell gets that part, I LOVE her! I’d go see Oblivion just for her.

  28. Turtle Dove says:

    “All so Tom could look like a big (emphasis on the big) tough guy … while danging from a phallus.”

    LOL-LOL…. and what did my iMac have for lunch today? Part of a burrito that I spit out while reading that line. (wipes eyes)

    I have to give Tom props for doing that stunt. It does take a lot bravery to get out there and jump around even with a wire.

    I like Tom as an actor, so I’ll see this movie for sure.

  29. Hellen says:

    Hate to disillusion anyone, but climbing hundreds of feet off the ground is technically no different than climbing 30 feet off the ground – particularly when climbing on a stable surface with no variable footing, wearing industrial strength harness (not just using a swami belt and Mammut Dynamic climbing rope), using an ascender and whatever other high-tech equipment was available. It was safer than bungee jumping.

    Apparently Tom has no fear of heights, which is really what freaks people out and is often what causes climbing accidents. Not taking anything away from his skill, and it certainly looks horrifying, but…no one is going to put their movie star in any real danger.

  30. ruby says:

    I dislike Tom Cruise and think he is a creepy scientologist who tries too hard, but as someone who is not particularly fond of heights, I think you have to give him credit where credit is due.

    I mean, it does take guts to do that sort of thing. And it’s not like they’ve said “don’t look down”, sometimes he’s facing down directly. I would be petrified and reduced to a nervous wreck if I was in his position, so…

    I mean, he does act reasonably well, and this didn’t deserve any mockery. I admit he often deserves what he gets, but not here ? Let’s cut him some slack for once.

  31. Anna says:

    I don’t care what anyone says that was amazing. Yes he’s crazy, but I almost threw up after watching that. I cannot believe he did that.

  32. FreeLoveForAll says:

    I applaud the guy for having the courage to do these type of scenes. If it had been me, I don’t know if I could have made it to the elevator for the ride up. I also would have pooed all over myself and left trails on the street below if I somehow even made it to the top of the building. Never mind the paper bags, etc. that I would need to overcome my anxiety attack.

  33. LisaMarie says:

    I think at this point, “trying too hard” is Tom’s middle name. However, as someone with a paralyzing fear of heights, kudos to him for even getting up there.

  34. Gypsy says:

    I’d be wondering, what if that reinforced rope snapped? what if there was a manufacturer defect in the harness? what if the guys setting up the rig didn’t get a good night sleep?

    I MUST see this movie, if there is one thing I like about Tom Cruise is that he is so intense in his movies, he never sleep-walks through his roles – I rolled on the floor laughing at “Tropical Thunder”, Les Grossman was a treat.

  35. Belle Epoch says:

    That’s his Smart Face. Also his Manly Man Face. Also his I Mean Business Face. They’re all the same face, whether he is arguing with Matt Lauer or doing a movie. He’s the only actor I can think of who has a special face for Thinking.

  36. dave says:

    Well bitch all u want about his real life, heck Im in it lol, However u need balls to do what he does. He was always a committed actor, wouldn’t it be for his sci.crap he would have a oscar by now.

  37. wunder says:

    Tom is just not hot anymore. . . needs to keep the shirt on.

    Is that bad lipo on his stomach???

  38. gab says:

    Oh Tommy Girl, you so manly.

  39. Tiffany says:

    Holy sh*tballs that was awesome. Yes, I have to see this on the big screen.

  40. Lindsey G. says:

    “Thus, they had the best people working on these stunts with Tom, reinforcing them, and testing them beforehand.”

    Uh-Ok….well that’s what they would do with stunts anyway; people are paid to do so, they’re called stunt choreographers/coordinators.

    LOL….next time don’t waste your words just say you hate him.

  41. hammer says:

    Gypsy: Yeah, he’s intense alright…an intense stare through soul-less eyes and intense running….that’s all he’s got.

    Belle Epoch: LOL, I agree! Tom Cruise is the same old same old.

  42. Tazina says:

    Unfortunately, his wacky religion gives him a creepy vibe. His weird incessant laughter comes to mind.

    He looks okay in the tank top; without it not so much.

  43. kara ann says:

    I have read a bit on Cruise and I have to say I admire his work ethic. Also, credit for the balls to do this kind of stunt when no one would say a word if a movie star of his standing sipped cappucino whilst watching the stunt double do the hard work.
    Having said all of that, here is my probem with Cruise: Scientology.
    Here is Cruise’s PR problem: Scientology.
    It is a heinous money-making organization that is detrimental to its followers. It is a cult. Further, even if Cruise is treated well as a celebrity “parishioner”, there is now too much info available about how horribly this cult treats it’s non-famous members. I, for one, cannot look at Cruise without seeing someone who is a part of this mistreatment of others on a wide-spread and policy-based agenda of power. No amount of stunt work, hard work, or intensity is going to make me think any differently of Cruise. I would only change my mind about him if he became an active part of the solution instead a part of the problem.
    I know this is vehement but this disturbs me greatly.

  44. Aviatrix says:

    He and George Clooney are pretty much the same age and I can’t get past how skeezy Clooney is. So, for all of Tom’s weirdness, I have to give him props for being so committed. Intense is a word I think others have used? So yeah, boo to Scientology but seriously? It’s Tom Cruise he is a no kidding movie star and not this fake Kardashian famous for nothing crap. There’s a lot that I can’t stand about the guy, but he deserves mad props for working as long as he has.

  45. lisa says:

    I will wait to see if my boyfriend wants to go. I won’t go if he doesn’t. I’m sure the stunts and action will be huge. Tom wants to show that this is his genre. He looks good for the most part, but no his body is not perfect. I just saw the poster for Rum Diary. and Johnny Depp has a horrible body too. and every says how hot he is. So to me Tom is not doing so bad.

    Regarding the stunts.. we see women doing this too and unfortunately it gets discounted. If it so brave and daring for Tom then it is for the women too.

    Tom religion is his own. I don’t agree or follow it, but he gets too much grief about it. I find that part of his life strange but I don’t follow Tom and Katie that much. I think other actors probably have far more strange things going on. We just don’t hear or know about them.

    and how tall is Jeremy Renner.. not much taller than Tom.. but I don’t hear him being called Tiny Renner.

    come on.. fair is fair.

  46. Ruffian9 says:

    It’s TC. His whole life now seems to be about trying too hard.