Tom Cruise, the iconic Hollywood actor and action star, has once again pushed the boundaries of what is possible in the film industry. In his latest stunt, Cruise scaled the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, for his upcoming movie, “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.”
The daring climb took place in 2010 and involved Cruise climbing to the top of the 828-meter tall skyscraper, which is almost twice the height of the Empire State Building.
The climb was done without the aid of any safety equipment or ropes, as Cruise wanted to make the climb as authentic and realistic as possible.
The climb required months of planning and coordination between the filmmakers and the building’s engineers. It was a difficult and dangerous task. Cruise was fitted with a specially manufactured harness that allowed him to climb up the building’s facade while still being firmly fastened to its surface.
The film crew employed a specially created camera system to record the action as Cruise ascended the skyscraper from various perspectives, including helicopter shots and point-of-view video. The end result is an incredible moment that will surely go down in history as one of the greatest feats in movie history.
The climb to the top of the Burj Khalifa is just the latest in a long line of impressive stunts performed by Cruise throughout his career. From hanging off the side of a plane in “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” to free-climbing a sheer cliff face in “Mission: Impossible 2,” Cruise has consistently pushed the boundaries of what is possible in the world of action movies.