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    Who Beat The Underwater Breath-Holding Record Held By Tom Cruise?

    Not only Tom Cruise is a heartthrob, but the superstar also makes the audience gag and skip a beat whenever he does the action. When he began his career in the industry, he was touted as a chocolate boy, the sexiest actor. But, since he started starring in the ‘Mission Impossible’ series, he has achieved the status of an action hero. What makes him stand out from the rest of his contemporaries is his passion for doing his stunts without a body double. He has done many stunts on his own whether it is flying planes, doing flips from a moving plane, underwater sequences, and so on.

    The ‘Mission Impossible’ series is one of the mammoth franchises in the industry. In 2023, Cruise will star in its seventh installment titled ‘Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning (Part I)’. In the series, the actor has pulled off almost all the stunts by himself. Sometimes there were some real props used, and one of his most dangerous stunts was when he descended on Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. But, while doing his stunts, he set a record for being the actor holding his breath underwater for the longest time. However, his ‘Hell’s Club 2’ co-star has beaten that record.

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    Kate Winslet Broke The Record That The Actor Held

    Kate Winslet as Ronal in 'Avatar: The Way of Water'
    Kate Winslet as Ronal in ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’

    ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ is out in cinemas and despite the length, the cine-goers are turning up in huge numbers for the visual magnum opus. The film is proving to be a mega success at the box office nearing the $1 billion mark worldwide. In this James Cameron spectacle, the audiences are drawn into the Na’vi World with new creatures added to the world of Pandora. One of them is Kate Winslet as Ronal in the film.

    ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ has many underwater sequences shot. During one such scene, the ‘Titanic’ actress has broken a previous record. For the longest time, Tom Cruise, her co-star in the second installment of ‘Hell’s Club’, held the record for holding his breath underwater.

    He had held his breath for six minutes. But, during the filming of the second installment of ‘Avatar’, Kate held her breath for seven minutes and 47 seconds. She broke his ‘Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’ record.

    In an interview, she was sure that the actor must be frustrated hearing the story of how she broke his record. Kate said, “I mean, I don’t know Tom at all. I’ve never met him in my life, but I’m sure he’s getting very fed up of hearing this story of how I broke his record. I loved it, though … I was amazed how good I was at it and how I just kept getting better”.

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    Why Did Tom Cruise Do The Scene On His Own?

    Tom Cruise in 'Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation'
    Tom Cruise in ‘Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’

    ‘Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’, the fifth installment in the franchise, Tom Cruise set the record for holding his breath underwater. If you remember, in one scene, Tom goes underwater to get a computer chip and saves himself from a metallic hand while doing that. In that scene, Tom Cruise went underwater without a body double. In an exclusive video from Access Hollywood, the actor explained how the crew achieved the scene. The ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ actor had to prove a point.

    In the video, he said, “So I had to prove to everyone that it was actually safe and spend time with the safety guys and the safety officers to show them not only is it safe, it’s better that I know how to hold my breath because I’m going to be very relaxed. No one’s going to have to rush in. No one has to panic”.

    When they shot the scene, there was a timer that was on while Tom went underwater. Cruise was underwater for six minutes after which he came out gasping for air. The stunt coordinator talked about what effect they wanted to bring to the scene. Wade Eastwood, the stunt coordinator said, “We didn’t want cuts. We were looking for a claustrophobic effect. Tom really wanted to make the sequence difficult and we wanted to take the audience on that journey with us”.

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    Nishant Bhise
    Nishant Bhise
    Nishant Bhise is a Sub-Editor at FirstCuriosity. He has more than 2 years of experience in Entertainment content writing with the organization. Besides being a journalist and humanist, he loves cinema and intersectionality, basically everything that screams love, hope, and of course, Lady Gaga. Nishant loves and breathes popular culture, music, especially hip-hop and pop, and the royal family drama. Along with that, he takes great interest in the happenings in the technology world and politics. He is an LGBTQIA+ ally. Approach him with an apple juice to discuss Modern Family, Pose, and Schitt’s Creek.

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