Tom Cruise reveals falling fears
Published 07/12/2011 | 13:32
Tom Cruise has revealed he feared falling as he performed stunts for Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol on the side of the world's tallest tower.
The actor is in Dubai for the world premiere of the film at the city's annual film festival.
Asked about his biggest fear during scenes outside the half-mile (828-meter) high Burj Khalifa, he was quick to answer "falling."
The star said filmmakers had to monitor temperatures on the spire's sun-baked facade so he wouldn't get burned and that another challenge was the cross winds.
"I had to figure out, actually, how to fly," he told reporters on the 124th floor observation area of the Burj Khalifa. "I had to figure out how to use my feet as a rudder ... The first couple of times I was slamming into the building."
Tom said he spent months training on a four-story structure to practice his moves on the Burj. Most of the shots on the actual building were done in the shade to protect the actor from high temperatures, as the facade heated up in sunlight.
His first thought as he launched outside the building for the first time? "I hope I don't fall," he said.
Tom, who was joined in Dubai with co-stars Paula Patton, Simon Pegg and Anil Kapoor, said his wife Katie Holmes is used to him taking risks on stunts - but that didn't make it any easier for her to watch.
Director Brad Bird said Katie watched her husband do a couple of takes on the side of the Burj before declaring: "OK, we're done."
"When you see it and he's out there, it's nerve-racking," the director said.