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Tom Cruise etches graffiti on tip of Burj Khalifa

Mission Impossible star leaves note to wife on world’s tallest tower after stunt shots

Tom Cruise etches graffiti on tip of Burj Khalifa
Dubais ruler HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum and Hollywood actor Tom Cruise (Getty Images)
Tom Cruise etches graffiti on tip of Burj Khalifa
Cruise plays intelligence agent Ethan Hunt in a plot that sees him and a small group of colleagues seek to avert a nuclear war (Getty Images)

Mission Impossible actor Tom Cruise reportedly left an
inscription to his wife Katie Holmes etched in the top spire of the Dubai’s
Burj Khalifa while filming stunts for his latest movie.

Cruise, who spent four days filming action scenes for Mission
Impossible: Ghost Protocol on the world’s tallest building, etched the message
to his wife and family in the tower’s spire.

“The only person who will ever see [his signature] is the
guy who paints the building some day,” the film’s stunt coordinator Gregg Smrz
told the New York Post newspaper.

The marking is believed to consist of Cruise’s signature, a
heart symbol and an inscription to his wife and children, who had travelled to
Dubai to watch the shoot.

Cruise reportedly created the etching in a break from
filming, after making his way up a series of elevators and 200ft of ladders to
the top of the tower. He was then lowered down the outside of the tower’s spire
to make his mark.

Dubai provided a dramatic backdrop for the action flick, which
saw Cruise performing a series of heart-stopping stunts clinging to the exterior of the 828m Burj Khalifa.

The film made its world debut at the Dubai International
Film Festival on Dec 7, with a dramatic red carpet appearance by Cruise in
front of hundreds of fans and media.

The Hollywood actor, who was joined by HH Sheikh Mohammed
bin Rashid Al Maktoum,
ruler of Dubai, spent more than an hour on the red
carpet, greeting fans and signing autographs.

Speaking about his scenes on the world’s tallest tower, which see Cruise climb the glass-fronted exterior of the building,
he said: “I trained for months so I could practice the scenes at the Burj
Khalifa. The only thing I was afraid of was falling!”

"It's one thing seeing it and another thing trying to
accomplish that... The first moment, you know I have one little pick here and
one little rope. I remember just being there saying 'this is a moment of
truth'," he said.

"I had to figure out how to fly. I had to figure out
how to use my feet as a rudder because you have crosswinds up there. It took a
while to work out how not to come slamming into the building head first,"
he said.

"I was very excited because I thought it would be very
entertaining for an audience and very challenging, and so that's why I did

The Top Gun actor, who also produced the action flick, said
he had a fantastic experience filming in Dubai and said many of his Hollywood
contacts had shown interest in the city.

“Absolutely [it will attract more movies],” he said at a
press conference held on the 124 floor of the Burj
Khalifa. “I know already
people have said they want to come here and shoot or make a film.

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Vauge 7 years ago

ITs ironic that its newsworthy if a celebrity vandalises a building through etching his name whereas anyone else would be arrested for criminal damage...

Zelma 7 years ago

Just because Tom Cruise is a Star, he gets to do what he wants? If it was anyone else, the person would be in prisons by now !!

Rahmad Mohammad 7 years ago

Very True, i also want to etch some thing there...

Expat 123 7 years ago

Are you serious.. Get a clue! How do you know he didnt have special permission to do that? Look at the publicity he has given Dubai - who cares if he sketches his name into a building that will now be seen by hundreds of millsions world wide - and like I said, he probably got special permission from someone to do it!

Emirati 7 years ago

I am sure he was asked (and probably paid) to do it.
Imagine how much this beef up the visitors to the top of the Burj!

Everything is accounted for, nothing is a chance!

Al Grogan 7 years ago


Jasmina27 7 years ago

So he really is an idiot! Truly, who cares?

debbie 7 years ago

I'm as disguisted by Tom Cruise as much as any of you are but I think it's kind of sweet. Especially since the contents of what he wrote hasn't been shared with the public.
So what if we can't stand the dude, his wife must like him and I bet it made her happy. (You know he took a pic for her.)

gordon 7 years ago

Find it hard to understand why so much energy is spent on a scratching on a building in a place no one can see.

In time this will have a story of its own, as is other scratchings done in history.

Love him or hate him, I for one would not have liked to have done what he did, as such I respect his lack or control of fear.