10 Movie Scenes You Won't Believe Didn't Use CGI

10. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation - Cruise Hops Aboard An Airbus (Literally)


Tom Cruise is Hollywood’s greatest adrenaline junkie.

Whether it’s jumping on Oprah’s couch or off the side of one of the world’s tallest buildings for another instalment of this unstoppable action franchise, it’s fair to say the Rain Man star has been looking for energy everywhere for some time and his death defying onscreen shenanigans sometimes seem more designed to test his nerve than they are meant actually, you know, make for a good movie.

Take the infamous opening sequence of the fifth flick, wherein an ageing Cruise hops onto the side of a taxi-ing Airbus as it takes off from a runway. Much was made of the incredible scene, less because it was territory never travelled by another action flick but more because Cruise himself actually did the stunt.

We know the actor is infamous for this sort of thing, but it really beggars belief to imagine him actually holding onto the side of an airplane for the sake of eschewing the judicious application of some industrial light and/or magic, but Cruise really did it, and nothing onscreen has been touched up afterwards.


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