How Tom Cruise Helped Rebecca Ferguson Beat Vertigo
Rebecca Ferguson had a secret.
“I have vertigo, massive vertigo,” the “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” star tells Made in Hollywood.
At the last possible moment she revealed this fact, more than little inconvenient on the set of a big-budget, stunt-driven action film, to co-star Tom Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie. The pair huddled and then gave her the bad news: She'd soon be rappelling off the roof of the Opera House in Vienna, Austria.
“And I went: ‘Uh-huh, how?’” she recalls. "And you do it on location. It’s not green screen.”
Well, the film had stunt doubles, which was a good thing, but in time she realized she could overcome her fears. "And the more I can do myself, the more fun and exciting it is,” she says.
Gradually, she mustered the courage for her big moment.
“I was up 75 feet standing there on the rooftop holding onto Tom, swearing like a house on fire,” she says. “He was laughing and said, ‘Are you ready?’ And I went: ‘No, no, no, can’t go!’ And he jumped.”