Behind-The-Scenes Look At Tom Climbing The Burj Khalifa

Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol, the fourth installment in the M:I series, has its fair share of show-stopping sequences. But when it comes to set pieces that hold audiences captive from beginning to end and even makes them a little, if not a lot, uncomfortable and dizzy, then Tom’s work on the Burj Khalifa stands with the best in cinema.

UPDATED: Was that REALLY Tom sitting on top of the Burj Khalifa or photoshop?!?!?

Tom Cruise On Top Of The Burj Khalifa

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As the casual observer might casually observe, that stuff ain’t easy. Not content to leave the work in the hands of computer technology experts, Tom did all the CGI-like stunts himself. Live. On a wire. In the clip, he talks about the months of work that went into preparing for those scenes and how part of the thrill of movie making is the puzzle of figuring out how best to create the most compelling cinema. To do that, he likes to surround himself with smart, talented people who also like to problem solve on-set. In addition to Tom discussing the Khalifa scenes, Paula Patton weighs in on her real concern for Tom’s safety during such moments, and Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner talk about their roles in the film and on-set.

Tom and Jeremy play on the outside of the Burj Khalifa in M:I4.

Tom Cruise Jeremy Renner Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol

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Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol Synopsis
Blamed for the terrorist bombing of the Kremlin, IMF operative Ethan Hunt is disavowed along with the rest of the agency when the President initiates “Ghost Protocol.” Left without any resources or backup, Ethan must find a way to clear his agency’s name and prevent another attack. To complicate matters further, Ethan is forced to embark on this mission with a team of fellow IMF fugitives whose personal motives he does not fully know. Tom Cruise returns in the starring role as Ethan Hunt and is joined by an international cast that includes Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Vladimir Mashkov, Josh Holloway, Anil Kapoor and Léa Seydoux.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marie-C-Etienne/726787740 Marie C. Etienne

    WoW!!!  Tom you are truly amazing.  I thought most of these were fake, but, now I understand how much effort and practice actually go into making it happen.   Congrats!!!  Keep the faith.  Looking forward to MI4.  Marie from Barbados