Tom Cruise told: ‘You may never run again’
HE WILL be walking along the red carpet tonight, but Tom Cruise says doctors warned he may never run again after he smashed his ankle on the London set of Mission: Impossible — Fallout.
Wince-making footage showed the 55-year-old action man suffer the break as he hit a wall while leaping between buildings last August.
Speaking ahead of tonight’s premiere in Waterloo, Cruise said of his medical team: ‘They were concerned if I’d be able to run again. I was like, “No, I’m gonna be running again”.
‘They said maybe in six months. And I had to be running in the next couple of weeks.’
He added that he threw himself into a gruelling rehab programme to finish his flick, the sixth in the M:I series.
‘I had to, what choice did I have? I had a release date!’ Cruise went on.
‘I had friends calling, “Hey, man, you broke your foot — you wanna come on vacation?” I was like, “You have no idea… it’s ten to 12 hours of rehab a day, seven days a week”.’
Stepping up to one of his biggest challenges yet, he admitted: ‘It was intense. I’m not gonna lie. It was very intense.’ Cruise said he knew he was in trouble as soon as he smacked into the wall. ‘I’ve broken a few bones in my time and it was just another broken bone,’ he told Extra TV.
‘It was unpleasant. Definitely unpleasant… I knew instantly when it happened… I was like, “Dammit, I broke it”.’
The daredevil said adrenaline keeps him addicted to raising the bar in his increasingly daring stunts.
‘I can’t help myself,’ he added. ‘How far can I go to entertain an audience? It’s been my whole career.’
Next up Cruise is set to reunite with Val Kilmer for a Top Gun sequel. Giving an update on 57-year-old Kilmer’s recovery from throat cancer, he said: ‘He’s doing really well.’
Author: Andrei Harmsworth