Tom Cruise is busy talking about Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, and managed to make headlines around the world with one comment about filming a stunt for the action movie.
The actor claimed that he had always wanted to film an underwater action sequence, and trained to hold his breath for a sustained period of time – six and a half minutes to be precise – in order to film a scene without cuts in it.
It’s something I have always wanted to do. (Director Christopher McQuarrie) and I have been thinking about it since working on Edge of Tomorrow. I have done a lot of underwater sequences. But we wanted to create a suspense underwater sequence without cuts.
So doing that sequence was really interesting. We’re underwater and we’re doing breath-holds of 6 to 6 1/2 minutes. So I was doing all my training with the other stuff (on-set). It was very taxing stuff.
Now we know Cruise is a big time actor, but that kind of dedication is seriously impressive stuff and frankly, he seems to be able to hold his breath for longer than most people can focus on watching the TV without checking their phone.