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Mission Impossible: See Tom Cruise hold his breath for 6 minutes

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David James

Tom Cruise has mastered the elements.

We already knew the Mission: Impossible star runs like a cheetah on land and hangs off the side of airborne planes like it’s no big deal, and now we have proof that he’s equally at home underwater.

In a recently released behind-the-scenes video from Access Hollywood, Cruise explains how he learned to hold his breath for six minutes to perform a key stunt in the summer blockbuster Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation.

“Normally in underwater sequences, people hold their breath for 10 seconds, 15 seconds max,” a nonchalant Cruise says in the video. “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, look, 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’s going to have to panic.”

As one of the crew members observes in the video, “Tom’s very comfortable underwater, and he likes to challenge the crew by staying under longer than he should on a breath-hold, get us all worried.”

See Cruise do his underwater thing in the Access Hollywood video above.