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Tom Cruise Says He Held His Breath For Up To 6 1/2 Minutes For ‘Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation’ Underwater Scenes

Tom Cruise Says He Held His Breath For Up To 6 1/2 Minutes For 'Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation' Underwater Scenes

Tom Cruise goes the distance for his action movies. Not one to just sit idly by and let a stuntman do all the hard work, the actor is known for getting as involved as possible to make things gripping and real for an audience, particularly in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise. In ‘Ghost Protocol,’ he really strapped himself at the heights of the Burj Khalifa, and for the upcoming ‘Rogue Nation,’ we already know it features an underwater sequence with no cuts. But that’s not the half of it.

“It’s something I have always wanted to do,” Cruise explained to USA Today. “[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.”

And while six minutes might seem like an unbelievably long time, the world record is actually 22 minutes and 22 seconds. But seriously, that’s some kind of dedication on behalf of Cruise who could’ve just decided the uncut sequence wasn’t going to work and figured out something a bit more routine.

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“Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” arrives on July 31st. Watch the new trailer right here.

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