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10 Insane Skills Actors Learned For Movie Roles

Over the last decade, the build-up to each new Mission Impossible movie has become all about guessing what crazy, life-threatening stunt Tom Cruise will perform next.

Scaling skyscrapers, flying helicopters, HALO jumping, riding a motorcycle through oncoming traffic - he's done it all, and while all that huge stuff is undeniably impressive, one of the most underrated skills Cruise has picked up over the years is one he had to learn for the fifth instalment in the franchise, Rogue Nation.

For a lengthy underwater sequence midway through the film, Cruise worked with a freediving record holder so he could, essentially, teach himself how to not breathe.

The scene took two months to prepare for, and although Cruise "blacked out" a couple of times along the way, he got so proficient at his breathing exercises that he was eventually able to hold his breath for a staggering six minutes.

Cruise's determination to deliver great action sequences should be commended, and the results speak for themselves. Also, as an added bonus, he'll now be able to survive longer than your average human if he ever finds himself stranded in open water.