Oh, the things Tom Cruise does to entertain moviegoers.

In "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" the daredevil actor hangs off the side of an A-400 Airbus aircraft while in flight. And it was all real, too, as no stunt doubles were used.

"They strapped me on the side of the plane beforehand and then they started the engines and then we go down the runway and I remember telling the pilot, 'I want to make sure my legs are hitting against the fuselage,' and he's just kind of smiling at me the whole time," Cruise told Jimmy Fallon on "The Tonight Show" on Monday.

He could barely keep his feet from going all over the place because the speed of the plane. They filmed the stunt in eight takes.

"I'm going up there going, 'Oh, maybe this wasn't such a good idea. It's too late now,'" he says.

Whereas most people would be concerned with falling off the side of the plane, Cruise says his biggest concern was getting hit by a bird.

"I just didn't want to get by a bird or particle. Seriously, I got hit by a little stone," he explains. "Luckily it hit my rib. I thought it broke my rib. Thank god it didn't hit my face. I didn't tell my family and friends or anyone that I was doing it beforehand."

All of the peril wasn't exclusively filmed in the air. Cruise also learned to hold his breath for six minutes to shoot an underwater scene where his character cracks a security system.

"It's the longest underwater sequence I've ever done," he says. "We had to train beyond it because when you go to shoot I have to take the regulator out, get on the side of the set underwater, then the camera comes into place and then we call action and just very long takes."

The sequence, he reveals, was "intense." He summed it up, saying, "I just didn't want to drown."

"Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" will be released in theaters on Friday. Watch the trailer below.

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

"Desperate times. Desperate measures."
PG-132 hr 11 minJul 31st, 2015
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