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Based on the original television series, the three Mission: Impossible films became worldwide box office blockbusters thanks to Tom's portrayal of American spy Ethan Hunt. The films are action-packed, edge-of-your-seat thrillers with death-defying stunts and car chases.

What audiences may not know is that Tom actually did many of the stunts himself! In Mission: Impossible II, Tom slides down the edge of a mountain and dangles off a ledge with nothing but his bare hands to keep him from falling.

"I really wanted to give the audience a thrill," Tom says. "We spent four days doing that scene, and I was on the mountain with just a thin wire kind of holding me as we were doing it. It was really exciting."
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FROM: Celebrating 25 Years in Film with Tom Cruise
Published on May 29, 2008

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