Tom Cruise held breath for over 6 min on Mission: Impossible’s underwater scene


Well, the latest M:I 5 trailer goes deep, with an intense underwater scene.

It’s something the adrenalin junkie Cruise has always wanted to do. Cruise told USA TODAY that he worked extensively for the underwater scene shot without a cut, training to have underwater breath holds of 6 to 61/2 minutes.

To put it in context, that’s the entire Rolling Stones version of “Sympathy for the Devil.” Watch portions in the new trailer below.

Says Cruise:

“It’s something I have always wanted to do. (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 61/2 minutes. So I was doing all my training with the other stuff (on-set). It was very taxing stuff.”

See more here on USA Today

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