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.