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13 Times Tom Cruise Came Close To Disaster Doing His Own Movie Stunts

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Vote up the behind-the-scenes stories that are a little too close for comfort.

Thankfully, none of these Tom Cruise injuries were fatal. Despite being one of the biggest movie stars on the planet over the last four decades, Cruise insists on doing his own stunt work. Directors have tried to get the Mission: Impossible actor to step aside from time to time, but Cruise is willing to take chances. There have been stunts where the actor has seriously injured himself and even put his literal life on the line. Just because there are expert stunt coordinators standing by, it doesn’t mean the stunt is 100% safe. 

Six (and counting) Mission: Impossible movies, Jack Reacher, Oblivion, Edge of Tomorrow, The Last Samurai, and Top Gun. Cruise has climbed the exterior of the tallest skyscraper in the world, hung onto the side of an airbus while in mid-flight, and fell several feet from a flying helicopter. 

Cruise is well into his 50s, but the daredevil thrill-seeker still feels the need for speed. Vote up the Tom Cruise stunts gone wrong that were a little too close for comfort.