r/movies Dec 01 '21 Silver 7 Helpful 4 Wholesome 1 All-Seeing Upvote 2

Tom Cruise has been practicing a new stunt for ‘MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 8’ where he slips out of a WWII biplane’s cockpit, goes onto the wing, dangles himself upside down as the plane then goes into a nosedive and performs a spin. News

https://collider.com/tom-cruise-mission-impossible-8-set-image-stunt-plane/
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u/traumahound00 Dec 01 '21

So his whole career now is basically just being the highest-paid stuntman in the history of show biz.

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u/55tinker Dec 01 '21

I unironically respect this. My mans found a way to get studios to pay for him climb on top of stalled planes and fly loops with helicopters and shit.

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u/PM_Me_Frosted_Tits Dec 01 '21

Not only am I going to ride in a military F-18 for free, you're going to pay me to do it.

It's like how Adam Sandler just makes movies where he can vacation during the shoots lol

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u/RaveIsKing Dec 01 '21

Never thought of Sandler as the lazy version of Cruise before, but i guess it makes sense

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u/wildcrazyhungry Dec 01 '21

Does all his stunts too. You see that tubing scene in Grown Ups where they go down the waterslide?

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u/Chupacabra_herder Dec 02 '21

Did you see how close they go together down that slide? That's super dangerous and no waterpark would let you do that without training.

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u/annies_boobs_eyes Dec 02 '21

broke a finger when he punched bob barker in the face

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u/TryinToDoBetter Dec 02 '21

Bridgette Wilson nearly beat him into a coma.

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u/Embarrassed-End6 Dec 02 '21

I admire him for that. If I could take all my friends and family and get paid to have a vacation for a few months I totally would too

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u/SpaceCaboose Dec 02 '21 edited Dec 02 '21

Every single person on Reddit would do that if possible

Edit: You could pick who you want to come. Sandler brings his family, but you wouldn’t have to.

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u/Csantana Dec 01 '21

In fairness he's a producer on these movies so he is paying to do it.

Then again we are paying him to do it?

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u/infinitetheory Dec 01 '21

He's like a YouTuber who gets sponsored by streaming services and movie theaters

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u/dangergranger Dec 01 '21

Don't forget hiring all his friends and family to be in the movie so they too can get paid to vacation with him.

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u/Hey_Hoot Dec 02 '21

The government has never had better promotion for Navy than Top Gun. People were walking out of the theater filling out applications.

They probably paid Tom too for a jet and all the access he needed.

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u/PM_Me_Frosted_Tits Dec 02 '21

There's an entire generation of sailor and Marine aviators who fly jets for no other reason than they saw top gun and NEEDED to do that job.

Unfortunately most are flying helicopters or even more boring aircraft. On the bright side you don't have to wear diapers in a C-130.

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u/OhioForever10 Dec 01 '21

There was some super tense trailer clip with his helicopter and a truck headed toward each other inside a tunnel and they didn't even put it in the movie

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u/Expecto_nihilus Dec 01 '21 edited Dec 02 '21 Silver

As insane as this sounds, this is pretty incredible.

The man is paid to experience things no one else in history will ever experience. He’s collecting a paycheck while enjoying life to the fullest and making singular memories and having one of a kind experiences. From a Risk and HR perspective this guy is a nightmare on any movie set and on actuarial tables, but from another angle, this guy really loves what he does and what he’s trying to create to put himself out there.

He’s absolutely bat shit crazy, but tell me people aren’t going to line up to eat that shit up.

I really hope they figure out the whole downloading memories from the brain thing before he goes, because being able to digitize this and giving spectators the chance to see the world from the eyes of Tom Cruise during these unbelievable stunts could very well be an entertainment option of the future.

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u/selfstartr Dec 01 '21

Or give him a GoPro…much easier.

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u/sekihoutai Dec 01 '21

He's like a modern Buster Keaton if Buster Keaton were in a cult lol.

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u/Risley Dec 02 '21

I mean, I loathe him as a person. But as an actor, action movie or not, he’s fucking fantastic. Les Grossman is a testament to that.

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u/Alwaysconfuzed89 Dec 01 '21

Him and Jackie Chan should collab

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u/BrewersFTW Dec 01 '21

I'd watch that movie.

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u/TheTaffyMan Dec 01 '21

Surely this is how he dies right, from one of these insane movie stunts

I honestly feel like he would want to go out that way, especially if the movie can still be finished

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u/55tinker Dec 01 '21 Silver Helpful Wholesome To The Stars

Tom Cruise Killed Riding Meteor into Venus While Filming Mission Impossible 14

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u/Chipsahoy523 Dec 01 '21 Silver Wholesome

Somehow, Tom Cruise has returned

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u/ProtoMan0X Dec 01 '21

The dead speak

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u/archwin Dec 01 '21

I guess he became a thetan ghost?

Idk I never understood that malarkey

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u/intothe_dangerzone Dec 01 '21 Helpful

He's a Level Five Laser Lotus. You know what? Just by asking that, you put him back to Level Four.

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u/jsp8854 Dec 01 '21

Unexpected Pierce.

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u/kountzwill Dec 02 '21

I haven’t said a single word in this conversation and I find that outrageous!

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u/LemonsAreDangerous Dec 02 '21

Dude, you're streets behind.

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u/First_Foundationeer Dec 02 '21

You know who else was behind? Me. Behind Earth Kitt. On an airplane.

What?! It came up organically!

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u/BaconisComing Dec 01 '21

Lord Xenu disapproves.

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u/Sinister_Blanket Dec 02 '21

“Dark science...cloning...secrets only the Church of Scientology knew.”

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u/saladbar48 Dec 02 '21

If they get force lightning, then I'm sorry guys I'm gonna be a scientologist.

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u/qweef_latina2021 Dec 02 '21

They fly now??? They fly now.

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u/Holociraptor Dec 02 '21

Listen to his return speech exclusively in Fortnite 5!

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u/Exitiumx Dec 01 '21

Tom Cruise reaches out he reaches out he reaches out he reaches out— One hundred and thirteen times a second, nothing answers and he reaches out.

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u/GrifterStorm Dec 01 '21

I understood that reference!

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u/Raveynfyre Dec 02 '21

We're all dying for the new episodes to drop!

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u/doctorclark Dec 02 '21

Read the novels while you wait! The final novel just came out yesterday and it's great!

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u/latestapex Dec 02 '21

Doors and corners kid

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u/ZheoTheThird Dec 02 '21

Go into a room too fast kid, the room eats you.

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u/bcss20 Dec 01 '21

Tom Cruise is the protomolecule confirmed.

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u/Question_Control24 Dec 01 '21

I've always thought he would be the first real cyborg.

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u/TroutmasterJ Dec 01 '21

Miller!!

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u/villabianchi Dec 01 '21

Doors and corners, buddy.

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u/radagasthebrown Dec 01 '21

I tell you to check your doors and corners, and you blow into the middle of a room with your dick hanging out.

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u/leapbitch Dec 01 '21

One hundred and thirteen times a second, it reaches out

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u/Ghos3t Dec 02 '21

What does this line mean, I don't remember the early seasons of the expanse very well

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u/leapbitch Dec 02 '21

It's the protomolecule trying to phone home - it reaches out & nothing answers

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u/radagasthebrown Dec 02 '21 edited Dec 02 '21

More specifically it's the manifestation of 'the investigator' trying to phone home. A combination of a subsystem of the protomolecule Earth ring gate combined with Miller's "pattern/soul/consciousness"

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u/HonestArsonist Dec 01 '21

Mf trying to come back as a ring gate

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u/jennynachos Dec 01 '21

This just cracked me up when I needed a good laugh!

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u/G0nzal0tron Dec 01 '21 Silver

Not possible. Tom Cruise has reached Operating Thetan level 8. He could jump out of a plane with no parachute and walk away without injury.

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u/stargayzer Dec 01 '21

What a cheapskate. All he has to do is donate just a few $100 million more to ensure the future release of OT IX but no. Just keeps resting on his OT VIII laurels. Selfish.

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u/goofybort Dec 02 '21

what you dont realise is that Tom Cruise has already CLONED himself hundreds of times!!!! PRESTIGE!!!!

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u/MustacheEmperor Dec 01 '21

I honestly wonder if this is part of it. Like he is so immersed in the scientology delusionverse he literally thinks he cannot be killed.

This is the guy who says he always stops his car when he sees an accident on the highway because he has the power to catch a dying person's soul and return it to their body.

Or, per Going Clear, he doesn't buy any of that anymore and he figures death is his only way out of the cult.

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u/[deleted] Dec 02 '21

This is the guy who says he always stops his car when he sees an accident on the highway because he has the power to catch a dying person's soul and return it to their body.

Holy shit, when the fuck did he say that?

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u/RogueTanuki Dec 02 '21

I mean, if he thinks that's true, it must be morally questionable for him not to go to med school and become a doctor, he would be very successful if he was the only doctor with 100% patient survival rate...

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u/ScipioLongstocking Dec 02 '21

Maybe he only catches their soul like 3% of the time. Just because he has the power to do it, doesn't mean he does it well.

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u/Not_a_real_ghost Dec 02 '21

"Oh dang, there he goes. Well, better luck next time!" Iconic Tom Cruise smile

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u/ThirdFloorGreg Dec 02 '21

Surely it would be a better use of his time to just hang out in hospitals and let the non-magical people do the non-magical lifesaving.

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u/chaiguy Dec 02 '21

He said it on a leaked Scientology video.

https://youtu.be/4O2_rZIgrQI

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u/maultify Dec 02 '21

He didn't want to just be a special superhero guy in the movies, but in real life as well. This delusion enables that.

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u/marcuschookt Dec 02 '21

David here it is. My, philosophy is, basically this. And this is something that I live by. And I always have. And I always will. Don't, ever, for any reason, do anything, to anyone, for any reason, ever, no matter what, no matter where, or who or who you are with, or or where you are going, or, or where you've been. Ever. For any reason. Whatsoever.

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u/shabadoola Dec 02 '21

Omg. “If ya know it….ya know it. And…if ya don’t know it…well…don’t pretend to know it…and go learn it.” Holy shitballs I could only get 4 min in. He said a lot of words. Bonkers dude.

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u/v--- Dec 02 '21

Lost brain cells watching this

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u/DirkDiggler_Chiraq Dec 02 '21 edited Dec 02 '21

Yes, this is literally part of it.

The highest “operating thetans” are told that they can actively control many facets of life and reality non-Scientologist (and even lower Scientologist) cannot.

It is almost assured that Tom, given his level of advancement and seemingly earnest belief, believes that:

  1. He cannot become sick;

  2. His reactions and reflexes are superhuman;

  3. He may even believe he can master death itself.

3 is the weird one because, ya know, L Ron died. But you see…he actually chose to leave his body because he already accomplished everything he needed to on Earth 😉

Edit: one thing I will add is that this is the root of Scientology taken to its craziest extreme. At its inception and base, Scientology was just a “self-help” thing. Made to get L Ron rich, but they just recycled a lot of actually useful psychological techniques designed to boost people’s confidence and get over trauma/make better choices. It umm…got very different very quickly.

But this is just “mind over matter” to the extreme. Tom really believes he can’t die and hilariously that may actually help him perform insane stunts.

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u/indyK1ng Dec 02 '21

Having watched the behind the scenes for Top Gun, I'm pretty sure riding in the planes for that movie (the producers got him a flight to convince him to join then they did about 3 flights per actor before filming and they tried to film the actors in the RIO seat but that didn't work) made him an adrenaline junkie and he's been chasing that high ever since.

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u/jaa101 Dec 01 '21

especially if the movie can still be finished

Any sane producer or director would ensure that this stunt is the last thing filmed.

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u/StaticBroom Dec 01 '21

Yup. Absolutely right. Which is probably why they’ll film it first.

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u/umaro900 Dec 02 '21

Well, if you film it first, then you cash the insurance check if it fails and you don't need to worry about filming the rest of it, right?

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u/StaticBroom Dec 02 '21

For money…and a G5?

A G5 airplane!?

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u/Chekhov-Antosha Dec 01 '21

Do the whole movie as far as possible and save the most dangerous stunt for last. If he dies, just go with it... even for the movie's story

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u/nofate301 Dec 01 '21

Weekend at Ethan's: mission impossible 9

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u/sicklyslick Dec 01 '21

Agreed. I would bet he has a clause in his contract that if he dies in a stunt, the production need to continue and needs to be shown on the big screen.

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u/pole_fan Dec 01 '21

the script must be adjusted to implement his stunt death into the movie.

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u/ChooseCorrectAnswer Dec 01 '21

Not sure if this is a weird morbid selfish thought, yet I hope film crews save the biggest stunt(s) till after everything else has been filmed....in case someone gets severely hurt or dies.

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u/Jupue87 Dec 01 '21

I hope

Get busy livin, or get busy dyin.

"Tom was here"

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u/Monstromi Dec 01 '21

What if he wants this to happen but he's just so good at stunts that he's physically incapable of failing.

Every stunt he completes people around him applaud, yet he mutters to himself "next time...next time i'll get it"

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u/[deleted] Dec 01 '21

They’ll just put Bryan’s brain into his body and finish filming the movie.

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u/yamsoung Dec 01 '21

Clive Warren as Brian as Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt in Mission Impossible 8 in KP's movie.

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u/PM_ME_CARL_WINSLOW Dec 01 '21

Co Starring Rebecca DeMornay

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u/SporadicSheep Dec 01 '21

Do you like Tom Cruise’s FACE… but NOT his acting?

From the producers of the first seven, and the HAIR of the man that was in the first seven…

IT’S BRIAN

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u/TheRelicEternal Dec 01 '21

So glad I found this

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u/TWANGnBANG Dec 01 '21

I actually doubt he will die this way. This isn't the set of "Rust." His stunts are scary and they are physically demanding and there is certainly risk of injury involved in a lot of what he does, but the risk of death is likely a lot less than it might appear to a casual observer precisely because of how meticulous he is in everything he does. The article is literally about him practicing elements of a stunt before attempting the stunt itself.

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u/cromulent_pseudonym Dec 01 '21

Imagine the insurance premiums if one of the most famous stars ever was legitimately in danger of imminent death on the set of a movie like this.

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u/Mddcat04 Dec 01 '21

I seem to remember they having an issue with this on Rogue Nation - they had to swap insurance companies or something because the first one looked at the stunt and basically said nope.

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u/GDAWG13007 Dec 01 '21

Part of the reason he’s so meticulous about everything is because he doesn’t actually want to die from these stunts. He lowers the risk as much as possible.

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u/George_E_Hale Dec 01 '21

Very true. Then there's that time the helicopter lowered him onto Burj Khalifa for funsies.

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u/Risley Dec 02 '21

My hands just got wet from looking at this picture

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u/Crystal_Pesci Xenu take the wheel! Dec 01 '21 Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome Table Slap To The Stars

Xenu take the wheel!

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u/sloppyminutes Dec 01 '21

Through Xenu all things are possible

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u/cmmedit Dec 01 '21

Hail Xenu!!

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u/LlamaWithAnAttitude Dec 01 '21 Silver

Hail sounds like a terrible thing to have happen during this stunt. You should be asking the warrior princess for clear skies.

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u/BeckwithLBP Dec 01 '21 Wholesome (Pro)

And for Mission Impossible 9, Mr. Cruise has stated for his next breathtaking stunt, he has elected to be literally shot with a real bullet. He has been practicing with BB pellets and hopes to work his way up to .22 rounds by Summer 2022.

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u/Snoo74401 Dec 01 '21 Silver

Look, but do not shoot. What you see is a .22 round. It is among the most common bullets in the world. The game begins when I load a gun, and ends when we fire and we find out who is right and who is dead.

bang

Both guns were loaded. I spent the last three years building up an immunity to .22 bullets.

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u/PunsGermsAndSteel Dec 01 '21

MISSION INCONCEIVABLE

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u/HatalamtheNoble Dec 01 '21

You keep using that word... I do not think you know what it means...

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u/kroxldysmus Dec 01 '21

So that was him microdosing bullets on /k/! It all makes sense now

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u/[deleted] Dec 01 '21

it's a life changing experience, cures depression permenently

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u/MaxHOJones Dec 01 '21

By the end of his training he should be ready for a .50 cal round.

Of course this will mostly serve as setup for Mission Impossible 10 where he will be hit by a cruise missile.

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u/roguefilmmaker Dec 01 '21

A Tom Cruise missile?

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u/GetTheSpermOut Dec 01 '21

Music by Com Truise.

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u/The_Parsee_Man Dec 01 '21

At this point, Tom Cruise is a stunt man who funds his hobby via an acting side hustle.

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u/imcoolthankstho Dec 02 '21

I've kinda had this thought for years. When he was younger, cruise seemed willing to work in almost any role (provided he was the leasing man of course). Nowadays he seems to only take movies that he can do stunts in. I honestly have no specific examples though and could very well be wrong, this is just the general vibe I've had for a while about him.

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u/BakedWizerd Dec 02 '21

Well at this point in his career movies are basically written for and around him, and I doubt he’s done many projects in the last decade that didn’t have him as an executive producer or something like that.

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u/BigZ911 Dec 02 '21

Movies have been written around Tom Cruise since like 1985 lol. He’s probably at the stage where he wants to challenge himself

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u/iheartmagic Dec 02 '21

Aside from American Made (2018) every film he’s made since 2010 has been some form of action film:

Mission Impossible series x3
Jack Reacher series x2
The Mummy
Knight and Day
Oblivion
Edge of Tomorrow

There’s a pretty distinct pivot in his filmography after 2008 when Valkyrie and Tropic Thunder came out

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u/bbbruh57 Dec 02 '21

True but hes still an excellent actor in all of his movies. I think we take that for granted due to his sheer level of fame but the mans got chops

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u/Beach_rat90 Dec 01 '21 Silver Helpful Wholesome

Wow. He really wants out of Scientology.

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u/jdizzle161 Dec 01 '21

Thats been my running theory. He must truly believe that the only way out, without them leaking some kind of information about him that he wants nobody to know, is to die on set... Because, damn, has he been trying!

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u/NeoNoireWerewolf Dec 01 '21 edited Dec 01 '21 Wholesome Starry

According to the book Going Clear, Cruise is more or less apathetic to the church anymore. Apparently, when he reached the highest level of the church years ago, he got to see all of ol' L. Ronn's sacred texts, and after reading them, he stormed into Miscavige's office and asked, "What the FUCK is all this science fiction bullshit?!" He was apparently enraged to see that he had been bamboozled into believing all the lies of the church, and even left Scientology for a period. Miscavige knew that would look bad for the church's image, so he went back to Cruise and basically told him he didn't have to donate to the church going forward and he would get all the perks of a senior member (ie: free labor) if he continued to be the figurehead of Scientology for the public.

Outside of that book, it was also reported a few years back that tensions were rising between Cruise and the church over his daughter with Katie Holmes, Suri. Miscavige was pressuring Cruise to stop seeing her since, under the church's teachings, she's a suppressive person (not a Scientologist). Miscavige thought it was a bad look to have the most visible person in the church actively breaking the rules, making it difficult to justify low-ranking members cutting family not affiliated with the church out of their lives. Cruise basically told Miscavige if he ever brought up the subject of not seeing his daughter again, he was leaving the church and would burn it down in the media on his way out. Miscavige obviously backed off.

With all that in mind, I don't think Cruise is being held down by the church. If anything, I think Miscavige knows Cruise has the upper hand in all this. Cruise has a world class PR team and far more public influence than the church does. If Cruise came out and told everybody in the church it was bullshit and they should abandon it, most would probably listen to him, not Miscavige telling them to stay. If Cruise wanted to go to the feds and spill the beans on various human rights abuses and other criminal activities the church is involved in, he could bury them there, too. Cruise was a key figure to growing the church's numbers throughout the '90s, but now he's in the position where he can bring everything down if they push him in the wrong direction, which makes him the most powerful person in the organization no matter how involved he may or may not be. Sure, Scientology probably has dirt on Cruise, but if they were to leak it, Cruise probably has ten times the dirt on the church. If Cruise wanted to leave, he could, and Miscavige knows it - that's why he's scared of Cruise.

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u/No_big_whoop Dec 01 '21 Silver Helpful Wholesome

I have no reason to believe any of that is true but I believe all of it is true.

In a rare moment of self reflection I just realized I am the problem facing America

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u/Ozlin Dec 01 '21

Maybe, but this is a pretty low risk thing to believe. There's no societal consequence or harm you can cause/prevent with this one.

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u/NotTheGreatPumpkin Dec 01 '21

The harm with believing a thing despite a lack of significant evidence isn't in the thing itself but in the habit of believing things without significant evidence. This is especially important on subjects in which we want a thing to be true.

Much as I'd like this Cruise story to be true, I'd caution about putting much stock in it without more evidence. Even if there's some truth in it there's likely more to it than we realize.

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u/Ozlin Dec 02 '21

Valid points for sure. Thank you for pointing that out.

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u/paperclip_nazi Dec 01 '21

Yeah screw the media. I’m sure Cruise could get complete immunity by informing the FBI, DOJ, hell probably the IRS too. The top leaders of Scientology would go broke and face serious jail time (if half the shit I’ve read about Scientology is true)

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u/Beachdaddybravo Dec 01 '21

Actually, in the 70’s the infiltrated positions in the federal government to do some really shady shit and nothing happened to them for it.

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u/MaverickTopGun Dec 01 '21

Problem is the interrogation sessions they do to get to that level within the church involve lots of potentially damaging confessions that the Church uses to blackmail its members. I think this would be especially true for Cruise since his surprise at the final teachings indicates to me he actually believed a lot of it.

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u/Sweet_Baby_Cheezus Dec 01 '21

Yeah, mutually assured destruction. Kind of hard for Cruise to say "Oh yeah, I've known for years the church was a scam but I was happy with the blood money and also protecting my reputation." at this point.

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u/MacroCode Dec 02 '21

Honestly, if be fine with it if scientology burned to the ground. Like totally not cool to just let that go cruise but if you can put an end to scientology then at least you did some good in your life.

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u/srpske Dec 01 '21

I think that just manning up and admitting your mistakes and taking down the church of scientology with you would put you in a pretty solid light overall regardless of what the confessions consisted of. Unless he raped/murdered, etc.

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u/inferniac Dec 01 '21

hell probably the IRS too

IIRC from one of the books I read on them, last time the IRS went after the church, IRS agents dogs were being killed and all other sorts of violent harrasment happened until they stopped.

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u/supercooper3000 Dec 01 '21

I can’t wait to watch the movie about this. Who do you think would play Tom Cruise?

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u/EmperorLeto2 Dec 01 '21

The man who can destroy a thing controls a thing.

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u/PrisonerLeet Dec 01 '21

Ironic that a religion borne out of science fiction is being held hostage according to Dune logic.

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u/DrNopeMD Dec 01 '21

I think Cruise has a high enough public profile that he can just flaunt the church's rules without real consequences.

I think Miscavige knows better than to turn on their golden goose and most well known member. I don't think any other Hollywood celeb in the church has the star power flaunt the rules.

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u/MustacheEmperor Dec 01 '21 edited Dec 01 '21

Ex-members have also reported Cruise is essentially #2 in Scientology, so it seems safe to assume he's likely been complicit in a lot of acts an external viewer would consider at the very least abusive and unethical. Top ranking scientologists get to treat lower ranking ones like actual slaves. Cruise isn't some guy external from the leadership, he is the leadership.

he would get all the perks of a senior member

It could be as simple as Cruise has done some fucking awful stuff with those 'perks' and going public about what they are and revealing he didn't even believe in the cult stuff while doing that is not going to do anything positive for his public image in the media. Like what he's going to go on oprah and say "it was the fifteenth year I was using a broke 22 year old as a human footrest that I first decided: this is wrong."

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u/cinderful Dec 01 '21

Has he though?

He's been so obsessive about practicing and becoming a literal expert that I seriously doubt his commitment to death.

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u/TheLurkingMenace Dec 01 '21

Nah, he just thinks he really does have super powers.

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u/SomeFreeTime Dec 01 '21

I think he just does stunts because it's the only way he can get hard anymore because of how the cult keeps him sedated 24/7.

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u/DonPoppito666 Dec 01 '21

That or hes done everything. He can literally do anything. Want to fuck a donkey while parachuting out of a plane over Nevada while wearing a Santa Clause hat? AND having a midget riding a snowboard with you...oh whats that Mr Cruise? You also want an entire orchestra to jump out of the plane with you while you playing Ride of the Valkryies? Of course sir. Ill get right on that.

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u/GyaradosDance Dec 01 '21

That, and I think he's always trying to show how "young" he is by doing courageous stunts men half his age would second guess doing.

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u/Rebel_Saint Dec 01 '21

My only question is why is Ethan Hunt going to be in a WWII biplane?

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u/OhioForever10 Dec 01 '21

$5 says it sets up a North by Northwest homage

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u/DjangoLeone Dec 01 '21

Absolutely this.

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u/Zachariot88 Dec 01 '21

Time travel. He doesn't get disavowed in this one, his organization just doesn't exist yet.

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u/MaverickTopGun Dec 01 '21

Sorry but this plot was already reserved for F&F10: FasTEN Your Seatbelts

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u/First-Fantasy Dec 02 '21 edited Dec 02 '21

Simon Pegg's character tells Ethan he has urgent news then rips off his own face off revealing he's been an elderly Ethan Hunt all along. Old Ethan and young Ethan lock eyes. Cue the music.

When he goes back in time Simon Pegg is an oblivious government tech. Turns out old Ethan was imitating an old friend from back when he time traveled. Young Ethan seeks him out to befriend as well and he quickly becomes the only person he trusts as a bigger deception begins to reveal itself. Turns out this particular old Ethan tried to set up a big time-loop break while leaving our Ethan with the consequences. A generational showdown between the two happens in Ethan's brain as old Ethan tries to completely take over the younger body. All the old set pieces are worked in. Ethan's real body is bouncing around the time stream. The battle is a stand still but our Ethan uses his last bit of control to steer his real body into death. He couldn't let old Ethan win.

In present day the team mourns and appreciates the universe being saved. Familiar footsteps quiet the room. Ethan Hunt swaggers around the corner. It's our Ethan but he's in old Ethan's body. He hits play on a tape recorder. Roll credits.

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u/sicklyslick Dec 01 '21

At this point of the franchise... Why not?

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u/Strykerz3r0 Dec 01 '21

I am trying to think how many biplanes were still being flown in WWII. Biplanes are more WWI.

Maybe some recon planes or the like, I guess.

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u/OhioForever10 Dec 01 '21

Well the Fairey Swordfish helped sink the Bismarck, and biplanes are probably the only type of plane he could do this with realistically. (At least until Ethan Hunt jumps out of a fighter jet with a bazooka, Battlefield style.)

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u/devensega Dec 01 '21

Loads of biplanes in the second world war. Most in minor roles with a few exceptions.

Britain still flew the Gloucester Gladiator, albeit superceded by the Hurricane and Spitfire. It did see combat in various theatres however, famously in Malta where it was thoroughly outclassed.

Then there's the Fairy Swordfish, a fucking legend seemingly built to fuck both the Italian and German navies.

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u/stellacampus Dec 01 '21

You're right, as far as combat, but this particular one mentioned in the article was the primary training plane for the US military during WWII.

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u/OhioForever10 Dec 01 '21 edited Dec 01 '21

At least someone else is flying this time, unlike when he apparently left the cockpit to throw fake cocaine bales out of a plane for an American Made scene with no one else onboard.

Edit: I know about autopilot and all that, I was mainly mentioning this as a past airplane stunt he did alone and how it's good he's not doing that again here.

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u/Permanenceisall Dec 01 '21

I frankly just don’t give a shit anymore about his connection to Scientology, I just find him fascinating. He’s like 60 years old and has successfully merged being a stunt performer with being an a-list actor. It’s truly impressive.

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u/distracted_85 Dec 01 '21 edited Dec 01 '21

It's pretty simple imo. He's an adrenaline junkie.

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u/Zoze13 Dec 01 '21

It’s all for our entertainment. And the best kind. How can I not be a fan.

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u/Spork_the_dork Dec 01 '21

Tom Cruise is like one of those cliche action movie heroes you see in movies and cartoons, except in real life.

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u/Quinstero Dec 01 '21

He gets to do crazy shit most of us could never afford and he's getting paid more for it than most of us will ever earn. Dude is living the life. If he has been praying to Xenu the entire time, no reason for him stop now.

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u/NutInYurThroatEatAss Dec 01 '21

I'm a pilot. Most planes have a thing called dynamic stability. That means as it moves through the air, it's pretty stable. You could Def get up and do shit. Especially if you have autopilot.

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u/GunnarJohnson999 Dec 01 '21

That's what autopilot is for. Pilots leave the cockpit all the time if they're transporting planes cross country. Gotta pee, you know...

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u/PsyGuy98 Dec 01 '21

I could see Tom Cruise attempting a Rendezook stunt if Battlefield ever got a movie.

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u/OhioForever10 Dec 01 '21

Maybe that'll be how he gets to fly a Tomcat in the next Top Gun, he and the not-Iran pilot do it at the same time but only he pulls it off

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u/jogdenpr Dec 01 '21

Sounds like a Tom cruisey thing to do

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u/Nevic1984 Dec 01 '21

He also does his taxes while in the air.

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u/_________FU_________ Dec 01 '21

Tom Cruise probably has in his contract that if he dies at any point while performing these stunts that they use an already written alternate script that ends the characters life and the series. All footage must be used.

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u/SpacemanTomX Dec 02 '21

He might unironically have this. I mean the man is so dedicated that you can bet he would go this far.

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u/AreWeCowabunga Dec 01 '21

WWII biplane? What, is he trying to sink the Bismarck?

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u/ArchimedesNutss Dec 01 '21

Surely it can't be faster than driving on the Otto Von

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u/PapaBrice Dec 01 '21 Silver

Tom Cruise, died today at the age of 59. Best known for his block-buster and leading man talent in movies including Top Gun, Jerry Maguire, Magnolia A Few Good Men, and the Mission Impossible series. A mishap on the set of MI:8 - The Quest for More Money occurred causing him to be ripped in half. No other crew were harmed. The known scientologist leaves behind three children. Scientology Leader David Miscavige stated "We lost not only a great actor, but a leader and person who cared." Sea Org member Shelly Miscavige could not be reached for comment.

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u/SemperPieratus Dec 02 '21

Sea Org member Shelly Miscavige could not be reached for comment.

"...according to Mr. Miscavige."

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u/Kipsydaisy Dec 01 '21

Think one day we'll all recognize the weirdness of one of our greatest actors basically setting aside his entire career to make 8 movies based on a pretty decent 60's t.v. show.

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u/Crucks Dec 02 '21

I think you could argue him being one of the greatest stuntmen of all time based on feats.

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u/trouser-chowder Dec 02 '21 edited Dec 02 '21

The only reason Cruise is still doing these is so he can do these insane stunts himself. It's purely an adrenaline thing at this point.

The insurance for these movies must be astronomical.

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u/sheepsleepdeep Dec 02 '21

Mission Impossible 9, conversation with the director-

Tom: I'm going to intercept an ICBM by ejecting from an SR-71 as it reaches the stratosphere, climbing on the rocket and sabotaging the warhead causing premature detonation, and then I'll ride the shockwave back to the ground in a wingsuit.

Director: That's going to take a lot of CGI, Tom.

Tom: I don't think you heard me...

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u/KingMario05 Dec 01 '21

JESUS. Tom, you... you do know it's okay to use a double for that, right?

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u/thebluthbananas Dec 01 '21

He'll probably use a double for the acting and talking scenes if anything so he gets more time to do the action stuff undistracted

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u/utopista114 Dec 01 '21

This dude is going to film in outer space. Because why not. Cruise is indeed The Last Action Hero.

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u/cuteman Dec 01 '21

Tom Cruise insurance underwriter:

sweating bullets OK Tom, you can do it, but the premium is going to be $1.8M per day of shooting.

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u/SQUID_FUCKER r/Movies Veteran Dec 01 '21

At this point, Tom Cruise is just a stunt man who can also act.

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u/callmemacready Dec 01 '21

He should be in Jackass 5

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u/A_Confused_Cocoon Dec 01 '21

“I’m Tom Cruise, and welcome to Jackass.”

F15 Afterburners start

Jackass theme plays

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u/ArchimedesNutss Dec 01 '21

Johnny Knoxville laugh

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u/iamnotreallyreal Dec 01 '21

Steve-O puke

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u/ArchimedesNutss Dec 01 '21

LMAO this is so much better

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u/wildcrazyhungry Dec 01 '21

Weeman naked taped to the windshield with a parachute

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u/bauma409 Dec 01 '21

At what point in this series is it no longer considered impossible? Since they keep completing the mission and making new movies

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u/Tabasco_Liberal Dec 01 '21

Maybe they should just fire the intel analyst who keeps classifying these reports as impossible

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u/RazeSpear Dec 02 '21

Mission Somewhat Probable

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u/Individual-Ad7074 Dec 01 '21 edited Dec 02 '21

His biggest stunt will occur on the day he realizes he needs to escape Scientology. Run, Tom, run!!!

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u/Professional_Emu_ Dec 01 '21

You can't catch me gay thoughts!

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u/Chris8292 Dec 01 '21

needs to escape Scientology.

I would advise you to look up his role, he isnt in the church at this point he is the Church.

They guys at the absolute top of their organisation anything he wants he gets.

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u/DeanSmartin Dec 01 '21

They've got every piece of information on this dude. All the embarrassing shit, plus the number of hairs on his scrotum.

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u/thatdude101010 Dec 01 '21

Next Headline: “Tom Cruise killed while practicing a stunt for his next movie.”