Cruise faced "moment of truth" in Mission Impossible 4

Wed Dec 7, 2011 3:08pm EST
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By Andrew Hammond and Warda Al-Jawahiry

DUBAI (Reuters) - Tom Cruise hit the red carpet Wednesday for the world premiere of the fourth Mission Impossible film which had the American facing 'a moment of truth' jumping off the world's tallest building.

Paramount Pictures, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc., chose the Dubai International Film Festival in the Middle East for the unveiling of the latest episode of a franchise that has grossed over $2 billion worldwide.

"Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol" is shot mainly in Dubai, making use of its high-rise buildings including Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower at 828 meters (2,716 ft).

In one scene, Cruise, whose spy team is accused of blowing up the Kremlin, undertakes high-adrenalin acrobatics around the summit of the building.

Cruise spent four months training on a set before coming to Dubai to shoot the real thing. But he said it was still a challenge translating director Brad Bird's vision into reality.

"It's one thing seeing it and another thing trying to accomplish that... The first moment, you know I have one little pick here and one little rope. I remember just being there saying 'this is a moment of truth'," Cruise, who is known for doing his own stunts, told reporters.

"I had to figure out how to fly. I had to figure out how to use my feet as a rudder because you have crosswinds up there. It took a while to work out how not to come slamming into the building head first," he said.

"I was very excited because I thought it would be very entertaining for an audience and very challenging, and so that's why I did it."   Continued...