Tom Cruise Stunts in Mission Impossible

Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol is a 2011 American action film, the fourth installment in the Mission Impossible series. It stars Tom Cruise, who reprises his role of IMF Agent Ethan Hunt. It also grossed over $693 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing Mission: Impossible film, the 5th highest-grossing film of 2011. The film was released in North America by Paramount Pictures on December 16, 2011.

Special mounts had to be made for the 65-millimeter Imax cameras, special safety had to be put in place, because in a building that’s 800 meters tall, you couldn’t run the risk of anything falling. 

In the gasp-inducing sneak peek, Cruise, 49, dangles from a suspension cord and runs up, down and sideways along the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in downtown Dubai, which stretches 2,723 feel into the sky. The scene was filmed using cameras in the building as well as a helicopter crew circling it. 

Stunt coordinator Gregg Smrz: “Tom’s not going to climb that building. The studio will never allow that.Tom going to climb the building, I guarantee it. When you’re on top and you look out, people are going to think it’s CG, and it’s not. You have to see it to believe it."