Even if you’re not a hard-core movie watcher, chances are you’ve heard of Tom Cruise. The Academy Award-nominated actor has been appearing in films since his 1983 on-screen lead role debuts in The Outsiders and Risky Business and is now one of the world’s biggest stars.
As such, Cruise has earned the right to make some pretty outlandish demands on set. But there is one demand that Cruise makes his co-stars follow that may change your thoughts of the A-lister.
Tom Cruise Likes Doing His Own Stunts
Even if you’re not a fan of his movies, chances are the name Tom Cruise is somewhat familiar. The actor has made quite a name for himself in the entertainment industry since his movie debut in 1983.
Now, he’s one of the premiere action-adventure actors who isn’t afraid of danger. In fact, he’s developed a reputation for being a particularly good stuntman. That’s right; this seasoned A-lister prefers to do his own stunts.
A Daredevil Personality
Most actors like to stay safe, opting to use stunt doubles for action-packed scenes. Then there’s Tom Cruise, who prefers to be in the middle of the action. Whether it’s jumping from one building to the next, hanging off the side of an airplane while it’s taking off, or speeding through traffic on a motorcycle, Cruise has no issue jumping into the middle of the fray.
While it might not be the safest thing for a big Hollywood A-lister, Cruise’s daredevil attitude has certainly made him a marketable actor!
He’s Very Marketable
With more than one successful blockbuster under his belt, this particular action hero has earned the right to make outrageous demands. In fact, Cruise is up there with the likes of Jason Statham and Dwayne ‘The Rock” Johnson when it comes to bankability.
And just to clear things up, yes, we mean the Mission Impossible franchises. In those films, Cruise performs stunts that go from hard to extremely dangerous. But who needs a stunt double when you’re Tom Cruise?
Cruise Is A “What’s He Going To Do Next?” Actor
Just having Tom Cruise’s face on a Mission Impossible poster have fans of the franchise flocking to see the latest installment. And people who aren’t fans are just as interested in seeing what crazy stunts the actor is going to pull off next.
We mean, it’s not every day you get to see one of Hollywood’s heartthrobs jumping through skyscraper windows in adrenaline-packed action sequences! It’s just a part of Cruise’s box office success.
Giant Fish Tank Explosion? No Problem For Cruise
Speaking of the Mission Impossible franchise. The films are so full of action sequences it’s amazing the film’s writers can think up new and improbable stunts for Cruise’s Ethan Hunt to do next.
Seriously, who is the one who thought it was a good idea to have Ethan Hunt jump away just in time for a gigantic fish tank to explode behind him? It’s an awesomely bizarre scene and definitely showed off Cruise’s skills as a stuntman.
2,000 Hours Worth Of Training
Of course, all of those stunts aren’t done day-of. Cruise spends hours upon hours training for the craziness of his day job. Take the helicopter scene in Mission: Impossible: Fallout. Cruise does a death-defying stunt where he’s piloting a helicopter as it goes into a 360-degree downward spiral into some mountains.
According to an aerial assistant on set, Cruise spent around 2,000 hours preparing for the scene, training to make sure it was done correctly and, more importantly, safely.
Cruise Climbed The Burj Khalifa
Training to spiral a helicopter down into a mountain wasn’t even Cruise’s wildest stunt if you can imagine! In Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, the actor decided he didn’t need a double when his character Ethan Hunt went climbing up the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.
Oh, and there is also no green screen. All that’s seen on screen is Cruise climbing up the side of the building. Apparently, Cruise is more than an actor; he’s an adrenaline junkie!
He Also Hung Off The Side Of An Airplane
Hopefully, you’re not afraid of airplanes and flying because this next stunt Cruise pulled off is enough to make those anti-fliers never step foot in an airport ever again. In Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, one scene show’s cruise hanging off the side of an airplane while it prepares to take off.
Amazingly, Cruise decided he wanted to be the one hanging off the plane! Thankfully, there is a hidden harness securing him to the side of the aircraft, because that makes it better.
Run, Tom Cruise! Run!
Tom Cruise doesn’t just favor those death-defying stunts that have him climbing up the side of a building or fall out of the sky in a helicopter. The actor also does his fair share of running in his films. Like, a lot of running.
In a majority of his films, Cruise can be seen sprinting, dashing, and making quick getaways on his feet. It’s almost become something of a weird signature for the actor. Then, Cruise is used to “weird.”
He Caught The Drama Bug At The Age Of Four
Considering he’s been in Hollywood for so long, Tom Cruise’s sense of normal might be a bit skewed. Since he was four years old, the actor has been in productions, have it be on a stage or in film. His first appearance was actually in a school production.
He and a few other boys in his elementary school class put on an improvised musical called IT. But this wasn’t his last school production.
Cruise Landed The Lead Role In Guys And Dolls
While he caught the drama bug at a very young age, Cruise dabbled in a few different hobbies during his youth, including football in high school. It was also in high school where he landed his first leading role.
After being persuaded by one of his teachers to try out for the school play, Cruise wound up landing the lead of Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls. Of course, there was no need for death-defying stunts in the play.
Schooling Wasn’t Fun For The Actor
Tom Cruise found himself quite at ease on stage. At least, it was better for him than being in the classroom. At a young age, Cruise was diagnosed with dyslexia, making learning not exactly a fun aspect of his childhood.
Because of this, Cruise was very active in extracurricular activities, including drama, wrestling, and football. At one point, the actor even considered going to school to study and become a Catholic priest. Obviously, that didn’t wind up happening.
One Decade To Make It Big
After graduating high school, Cruise moved to New York City in pursuit of an acting career. He was smart, though, knowing that it’s virtually impossible to make it big in Hollywood, Cruise gave himself one decade.
During that time, Cruise landed small parts here and there, finally making a breakthrough in the 1980s and performing alongside some of the stars of the infamous “Brat Pack” in the 1983 Francis Ford Coppola film The Outsiders.
Top Gun Cemented Cruise’s Superstar Status
Tom Cruise may have found some fame after his performances in the 1983 films The Outsiders and Risky Business, but it wasn’t until a few years later when his reputation shot into superstardom.
In 1986, Cruise introduced the world to the character United States Naval Aviator LT Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in the action drama Top Gun. His performance cemented his A-lister status. It looks like that decade Cruise gave himself to “make it” paid off!
The Roles Started Pouring In
Thanks to his role as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in Top Gun, Tom Cruise was seen as a very bankable actor. So, it didn’t take much for him to land a few more highly sought after parts after the action drama’s release.
He went on to star in the NASCAR-themed racing film Days of Thunder and the legal drama A Few Good Men. It was then that Cruise realized his worth and began issuing interesting demands for his co-stars to follow.
Mission Impossible Changed Everything
Of course, first, he had to really make his stance in Hollywood before anyone was going to willingly go along with his quirky demands. But that didn’t take long, as Tom Cruise was hired to portray Ethan Hunt in the reboot of Mission Impossible in 1996.
Based on a television series of the same name, the first installment of the franchise was a box-office success and saw Cruise catapulted even higher into Hollywood stardom.
Tom Cruise Was Ethan Hunt
With the success of the first Mission Impossible, it didn’t take long for the studio to lock down a sequel, starring Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, of course. It was then that the actor began taking a liking to the stunt work.
He soon became well-known for performing his own stunts in the film, including a particularly difficult one involving a rock face. In Mission: Impossible 2, Cruise scales a cliff at Utah’s Dead Horse Point. Not an easy task!
Five Installments Down And Two On The Way
As of 2020, Cruise has starred as Ethan Hunt in five installments of Mission Impossible, with two more Christopher McQuarrie-directed films on the way. And while Hunt is definitely one character that takes up a lot of Cruise’s time and athletic ability, it’s not the only character the actor has worked on.
Cruise’s stunt abilities have also been used to bring Jack Reacher and Jack Harper in Oblivion to life. And those are just two films out of many on his resume!
He’s Known To Have A Quirky Personality
And while Tom Cruise has most definitely been enjoying his success and fame, there’s more than one claim of eccentric behavior on the actor’s part. And that’s not even including the strange and bizarre rules he has co-stars following while on the set of any film.
From divorcing his three ex-wives when they turned 33 to standing on Oprah’s couch to declare his love to then-girlfriend Katie Holmes, Cruise has done more than one questionable thing.
Cake For Everyone…But Cruise
Cruise might do some funky and quirky things off-screen, but there is one that trumps most everything else. When he’s training for films and stunts, Cruise cuts out sugar. Okay, so that’s not all that unusual for athletes. What’s strange is the fact that Cruise sends entire cakes to his co-stars!
During an interview with James Corden, Cruise explained why he sent cakes to his fellow Mission Impossible co-stars. And, trust us, it’s not for any reason you’d think.
During Training, He Cuts Out Sugar
During a 2018 interview with the British host, Tom Cruise explained why he sent his Mission Impossible castmates cakes. The actor said, “I love sugar, but I can’t eat it because when I’m training, I’m doing all these movies — so I send it to everyone.”
“I wait for the calls. Like, tell me about it.” It seems as though Cruise enjoys living vicariously through his co-stars. At least, as far as sweet treats are concerned!
One Co-Star Tells All
Sending cakes to co-stars solely because he’s unable to eat them might be a bit strange (or awesome), it’s actually not the strange rule we’re talking about. Another strange on-set rule Cruise has for his castmates is a total game-changer when it comes to thoughts on the actor.
The stipulation is strangely important to Cruise to the point of him thinking it’s a pseudo-holy obligation for his co-stars to follow. At least, that’s what one of his former co-stars says in a tell-all interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
Annabelle Wallis Has First-Hand Experience With The “Rule”
Fans might recognize English actress Annabelle Wallis from the drama series Peaky Blinders and The Tudors. She is also in the remake of The Mummy, starring alongside Tom Cruise as Jennifer “Jenny” Halsey.
It’s because of this film that Wallis learned of Cruise’s strange stipulation he has his co-stars follow. Heads up, the Oxford-born performer’s claim about her fellow actor is so out of left field you’re going to wonder how Cruise came up with the rule.
The Rule: No One Can Run On-Screen With Tom Cruise
During a tell-all interview with The Hollywood Reporter, actress Annabelle Wallis claimed that Tom Cruise made his co-stars run behind him at all times. This means that none of the other actors in the film are allowed to run alongside Cruise.
And for an actor who enjoys running quite a bit in his films, this must be a bit of a pain for his co-stars! Interestingly, Wallis was able to persuade Cruise to break his golden rule.
At First, Cruise Told Wallis “No”
Before filming began, Wallis was excited to run on-screen with Tom Cruise. Who wouldn’t be? It wasn’t long before the Mission Impossible actor put her in her place, giving her a straight-up “no.”
During a 2020 interview, Wallis said, “I got to run on-screen with [Cruise], but he told me no at first.” The question is, how exactly did she manage to persuade the action star and stuntman to allow her to run on-screen alongside him?
Cruise Wasn’t Going To Budge
During the interview, Wallis explained Cruise’s initial reaction to her request, “He said, ‘Annabelle, nobody runs on screen with me.'” To which Wallis’ response was, “But I’m a really good runner.”
That wasn’t a good enough response for the seasoned on-screen runner. Obviously, Wallis eventually got her way, running alongside Cruise in The Mummy. It just took a bit of persuading and solid timing on her part. But Wallis was one determined actress.
Wallis’ Perfectly Timed Treadmill Run Was All It Took
Annabelle Wallis had a plan to show Cruise that she would be a great on-screen running partner. During her interview with The Hollywood Reporter, she explained what she did on the set of The Mummy.
Wallis said, “I would time my treadmill so that he’d walk in and see me run.” Was it that simple, though, timing a run so the star of the film would be willing to change his golden rule?
Wallis Changed Cruise’s Mind
As it turned out, timing a treadmill run so Tom Cruise saw how she ran was enough to sway the actor! Annabelle Wallis was able to switch Cruise’s mind, allowing her to run on-screen with him. An amazing feat, considering he was never swayed before.
For Wallis, it was quite an achievement to get someone as famous and well-known as Tom Cruise to throw his cardinal rule out the window. The actress was beyond happy.
It Felt Like Winning an Oscar!
Obviously, getting an actor like Tom Cruise to reconsider his “no running with me on-screen” rule was a huge accomplishment for Wallis. During her interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the actress said, “So, that was it. It was, like, better than an Oscar. I was so happy! I was so happy that I got to run on-screen with Tom Cruise.”
“I was adamant that I was going to run on-screen with him because he’s so particular about his running.”
More Running Scenes Were Added
Wallis even admitted to getting underneath Cruise’s skin on purpose to prove that she could run with the boys. “I was so cheeky with him that I said, ‘Come on, I’ll run through the studio with you and beat you.’ And, oh my God, I did,” Wallis recalled during her interview.
Cruise was actually so impressed with her running that he added a few more scenes to showcase their sprinting abilities! Way to go, Wallis!