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‘Time expands when I film my stunts’: Tom Cruise on doing his own action shots on Mission: Impossible

HOLLYWOOD (CNA) – Tom Cruise says “time expands” when he shoots his daredevil movie stunts.

The 60-year-old actor is famous for filming as many of his own action sequences as possible, no matter what the risk, and his new blockbuster Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One sees him continue that tradition, with him even having a knife fight on top of a speeding train in one sequence.

On the first day of shooting on the action sequel, Cruise rode a motorcycle off a Norwegian mountain before jumping with a parachute to the ground, a scene that took eight takes to get the perfect shot.

The Hollywood legend admits that when the adrenaline starts flowing through his body during the stunts, time, for him, simultaneously becomes both “short and long”.

Speaking to media at the United Kingdom premier of Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One in London on Jun 22, he said, “When I train, there’s so much going on and time expands. When I’m dropping, that six seconds feels short and long.”

It is Cruise’s seventh outing as IMF agent Ethan Hunt and much of the movie was filmed in the UK.

The Top Gun star admits he has many ideas for future stunts in the franchise, which he wants to film in London.

He said, “I look at buildings here and I think I could climb that building! Where do I start!

“I’ve always wanted to travel the world and work with different cultures and celebrate them and Mission: Impossible really allows that. It’s a wonderful privilege to be able to do it.”

During the premiere, Cruise stopped to sign autographs and take selfies with fans who had waited for hours to share a moment with their idol.

He was joined on the red carpet by his co-stars Pom Klementieff, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson and Cary Elwes.

Tom Cruise is famous for shooting his own daredevil stints for his action movies. PHOTO: CNA