Tom Cruise, who is now 60 years old, comments on whether he has any plans to retire from doing dangerous stunts in the near future. Cruise recently appeared in last year’s smash hit Top Gun: Maverick, a movie that featured him and his costars filming their scenes in real fighter jets at extreme G forces. The actor can next be seen in Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One, the penultimate installment in the franchise following superspy Ethan Hunt, who continuously pulls off death-defying action feats involving planes, trains, cars, motorcycles, free dives, and base jumps.
Now, in a recent interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Cruise makes it clear that he doesn’t have any intention of cutting back on dangerous stunts in the Mission: Impossible franchise or other projects for the foreseeable future.
Although Cruise is now 60 years old, he tells Kimmel that he still plans on doing stunt work well into this next stage of his career, with seemingly no retirement point in sight. Check out Cruise’s full comment below when asked if he’ll still be doing stunts when he’s in his 80s:
“I’m planning on it. I’ve been doing it my whole life. Always writing, always working on stories and writing skits. I was that kid that, I would crawl out of the attic and I’d be on the roof and I was about 4 years old because I liked looking at the sky and the clouds and stars.”
Tom Cruise’s Biggest Stunts Are Still To Come
Although he is at an age when actors would typically slow down and engage in less physically demanding stunt work, Cruise is actually taking his stunts to new heights. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1 is set to feature a number of big stunt sequences, including one in which Cruise drives a motorcycle off a cliff and into a base jump. The impressive action set piece has already been shown off in the movie’s trailer and in a behind-the-scenes featurette, which show just how committed Cruise is to entertaining audiences with big action moments.
While the first part of the upcoming Mission: Impossible movie will feature a handful of big stunts, including a fight scene on top of a train and an intense car chase, Part Two is shaping up to be even more impressive. A trailer for Mission: Impossible Dead – Reckoning Part Two hasn’t yet been released, but images of one of the movie’s big set pieces have been released, showing Cruise clutching to the top of an upside-down biplane. Cruise also released a video of himself strapped to the top of one of these planes in celebration of Top Gun: Maverick passing a significant box office milestone last year.
Cruise’s stunts, however, go beyond the Mission: Impossible franchise. The actor is still slated to travel to outer space with director Doug Liman to film a movie aboard the ISS, a major first for Hollywood. Although it would certainly be understandable if Cruise decided to tone down his stunt work in the next few years as he gets a little older, the actor’s latest comment affirms that he will continue to be a fixture of Hollywood action cinema for decades to come.
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Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live
Key Release Dates
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning – Part Two