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Emily Blunt Almost Killed Tom Cruise on 'Edge of Tomorrow' Set

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June 5, 2014
Source: Conan

Emily Blunt and Tom Cruise

This summer, Tom Cruise turns 52 years old, and he really seems to be the last true movie star left in Hollywood. Our colleague Amy Nicholson has an extensive, great book coming out later this year that is worth a read if you have an interest in learning more about Cruise than what the tabloids try to tell us. In the meantime, Edge of Tomorrow hits the big screen this weekend, and early buzz is that it's surprisingly fantastic, fun and puts Cruise back on top again. But he almost didn't make it out of production alive. Last night, Emily Blunt appeared on "Conan" and told the tale of how she almost killed Cruise on set. Watch!

Here's Emily Blunt explaining the near-death experience on "Conan" last night:

Cruise has been doing his own stunts for years, with no signs of his age slowing him down. You probably haven't forgotten when Ethan Hunt scaled the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, but when you watch it again, remember that Cruise actually put his life at risk for several scenes where he actually hung outside the tallest building in the world. It's crazy to think how badly things can go on a movie set, and that's why stuntmen deserve much more recognition in the industry than they receive. Why should Tom Cruise get all the glory for doing stunts just because everyone already knows his name?

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  • Rock n Rollllll
    I wonder how much Katie paid her :P
  • Xerxexx
    Always liked Cruise as an actor.
  • VoiceOfReason
    "and he really seems to be the last true movie star left in Hollywood" I'm like what ???
    • crystaltowers
      Not only is it a silly comment - it has a sort of undertone of sexism. By "movie star" it implies "male movie star" or specifically "male action movie star" - since that's the only kind of movie star that isn't quite as ubiquitous as they once were (in Cruise's early days). And female movie stars are just as prominent now, if not more so, than any time in the past.
      • octopus9498
        "female movie stars are just as prominent now, if not more so, than any time in the past." Ummm...no.
        • Dominic
          Um YES IF you change that phrase to " female ACTION hero stars " . ScarJo as " Lucy " might be the biggest summer movie out there to come . and it's just a mutant version of her Black Widow character . The one that just got approved for a solo movie . I could bring up the legion of female action TV stars ,( Rachel Nichols , Tatiana Maszlany , for two ) as well ... unless u count Vin Diesel and Jason Statham , all the MALE Action stars , are old men . Hollywood smartly realized the problem , and moved on to young ladies for this genre .....
          • Dominic
            Cruise only LOOKS young ...
      • http://www.firstshowing.net/ Ethan Anderton
        It doesn't have any undertone of sexism. Stop reading into things that aren't there. If you think "movie star" implies "male movie star" then that's your own problem in your head. The point is, there isn't an actor OR actress like Tom Cruise with as big of a career, who works as hard, and remains as prominent and successful of a star. Not just an actor, but full fledged movie star.
        • crystaltowers
          "works as hard" "remains as prominent" On what basis are you measuring any of this, other than whatever is "in your head" also? Further - the only remotely scientific attempt to calculate star power (that I know of) is the Forbes star meter. And among male actors, Cruise ranks 11th. http://star-currency.forbes.com/celebrity-list/actor Among male and female actors, he ranks 13th - below Jolie and Roberts. http://star-currency.forbes.com/celebrity-list/top-celebrities
          • Dominic
            he's not high on my 'lists" either . BUt I respect the fact that he saw the writing on the wall , and is betting on sci-fi keeping his career alive . Oblivion wasn't as bad as I thought it'd be ... this movie appears to be the human version of "Transformers" , or a more human version of " Pacific Rim ".. Every actor works hard . Bu he remains prominent because he plays HIMSELF well , still . the character don't matter as long as he sells The Tom Cruise Image correctly , in whatever movie ( Ben Affleck is similar - they don't change their hair color , face shape , hardly use beards or moustaches ,rarely slouch or affect a strange accent.....)
          • Maxx
            True words. Though when they do implement beards, it is pretty glorious.
          • Anomaeus N
            I guess your comment doesn't have "undertones of sexism" by overstating the fact that a woman holds a position over a man. We get it, you believe women have more prominence as actresses than men do as actors. Why do you insist on parading it in everyone's face?
          • crystaltowers
            Actually, you don't get it. Where have I ever written "women have more prominence"? All I did was question why anyone would get all misty-eyed over Cruise, and consider him the "last true movie star". And I suggested that the only species of movie star in decline, that could bring on such nostalgia, is the male action movie star. Which raises the question - after 18 oscar nominations and 3 wins, what does Meryl Streep need to do to be considered a true movie star? And for that matter, what does Daniel Day Lewis need to do? Wear sunglasses more often?
          • Anomaeus N
            Fair enough. I admit I was being overzealous. To address your point, as far as a blockbuster movie star goes, Tom Cruise is a shoo-in. No would ever accuse him of being a "character" actor like Streep and Day Lewis. Edge of Tomorrow breathed some new life into the action blockbuster genre, but it was Emily Blunt who really stole the show. She surpassed Cruise's acting ability by a longshot.
          • crystaltowers
            No problem. For my part, I think Cruise should at least have won an Oscar for Magnolia :)
          • Bo
            I appreciate you comments and insisting to question the hyperbolic nature of Anderton's article and opinions stated in a way as if they are fact. I direct you towards my rather lengthly comment/rant above that I just entered...that's if they allow it to be read and don't delete it first. Thanks again for you intelligence and sharing your thoughts to all of this Cruise major star nonsense!
        • Whatintheduece
          While I don't believe the sexism comment, I really still don't see how Cruise qualifies as the only true movie star. Your definition seems really subjective and I think I could name a number of actors that fit that outline. I can respect your opinion, as opinion, but as fact, I cannot.
          • http://www.firstshowing.net/ Ethan Anderton
            Obviously it's subjective. There's no way to definitively determine something like that and have it be objectively correct. That's why the sentence was written with the word "seems" in it, and not "without a doubt" or another definitive phrase trying to claim a fact.
          • Whatintheduece
            I was clearly referring to the comment I actually responded to that was stated very firmly and definitively to substantiate the statement we are all discussing. Everyone's entitled to an opinion, It just frustrates me when people don't bother to leave any indication that what they are saying is opinion or write things so forcibly that it comes off that way.
          • Bo
            I suggest you read my rather lengthy comment/rant at the top that I just entered in relation to what you have brought up. There is a reason for people not bothering to leave any indication that what they are saying is opinion and doing it in a forcible way so it comes off as fact. It's called manipulation and misinforming; all tactics very much used by Mr. Cruise's cult...Scientology! The presenting of subjective perceptions as if they are in fact, fact, when they are not! Bravo for not only seeing this, but bringing it to light.
      • MLTC
        I'm male and I agree with you. No man has gotten more Oscars than the woman with the most Oscars.
      • Anomaeus N
        It's funny how feminists look for insults in everything; it's as if they believe that all men should be thrown in jail for not treating women like gods.
    • Jon Odishaw
      I think just because of the longevity of his career. He's never peaked. He's still as big as he was ten, twenty years ago. And on top of that he does more of his own stunts than any other A lister.
  • Steven
    Why should he get all the glory? What sort of dum-ass question is that? Yes there are professional stuntmen whom deserve more praise, but the guy is willing to take those risks himself. Now this maybe because he wants the scenes to look less fake, or maybe he's an speed junky or control freak. Does it really matter? It could be said he's doing a stuntman out of a job, but then I suspect they are still there setting up the stunts. None of this matters as the glory always go to the stars of the movies, partially because it helps sell the film. Somehow 'Emily Blunt almost killed Stunman X' doesn't have the same pulling power.
  • MLTC
    Tom's best stunt was him jumping in Oprah's couch. :P
  • indidream
    That read like a PR release, if I've ever seen one.
  • Mr Sinister
    Is Ethan ever going to get rid of that stupid Avengers icon?? Sick of looking at that man. Can't take anything you say seriously when that is before every sentence you type...
  • Bo
    I'm going to share what I find very troublesome about Mr. Anderton's singing Tom Cruise's praises. Especially since he brings up Amy Nicholson and her forthcoming book about Cruise. Ms. Nicholson wrote a piece in the L.A. Weekly where she also reviews film. Her article was so misleading and so false that it really demands that her misinformation be brought to light. She states in that article that Cruise's jumping on Oprah's couch never happened! That is so blatantly false is makes me wonder just what Nicholson and now Anderton's agendas are concerning Cruise. I know a lot about Scientology and its very devious ways of manipulation and the use of misinformation and most times just outright lies! I began to wonder if Ms. Nicholson is affiliated with Cruise's cult in some way or an outright member because she outright lies about his jumping on the couch never happened. I was watching Oprah that day. It's on tape for god's sake! Cruise not only jumped on the couch without being prompted to stand on it at Oprah's urging as Nicholson writes, he did it twice! All this PR for War of the Worlds that Cruise did in 2005 where he let his Scientology beliefs come to light has almost ruined his career. His interview with Matt Lauer on the Today show where he blasted Brooke Shields for taking medication that Scientologists adamantly are against and any other woman who does so allowed people to see just how much of a nut job this guy really is. You can bet he took many 'courses' in Scientology to remedy his grievous public errors as he's backed off and remained totally silent with his Scientology shtick ever since. Still, the damage has been done and many people who were turned off by his crazy rants have remained so. Now he's trying to fix it all and by whatever means he and his organization use gets people to write positive powder puff articles on him saying how great a guy he is, how big a movie star he really is and blah blah blah. Notice the hyperbolic writing in Anderton's article here. Believe what you will, but these lies and misinformative articles need to be subjected to the truth. To Mr. Anderton's and his college Ms. Nicholson I say to you 'he jumped on the couch' and that's the truth no matter how they might attempt to misinform your readers otherwise. It's a disgrace that Nicholson would misinform in that manner plus knowing she has a book to sell about Cruise that no doubt is of the same ilk as her articles. It's sickening and I hope people continue to see through all this muck and do a little research on this cult and then decide whether to support (by going to his movies) and enable Mr. Cruise and his organization that want to take over the world because they think they know the truth and the rest of us are lowly thetans who know nothing. Now let's see if Anderton and FirstShowing will even allow my rant to be seen and read by other viewers on the site here.

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