Tom Cruise 'doesn't let co-stars run next to him' (unless you're Annabelle Wallis)

Megan C. Hills
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Tom Cruise is one of the most prolific action stars of his generation with multiple franchises under his belt. But it seems he has one odd rule - according to a former co-star, nobody is allowed to run alongside him onscreen.

Annabelle Wallis, who starred alongside him in The Mummy, revealed the actor’s requirement and how she had to prove herself before he would bend the rules for her.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Wallis revealed Cruise initially shot her down. “I got to run on-screen with him, but he told me no at first. He said, ‘Nobody runs on-screen [with me],’ and I said, ‘But I’m a really good runner’,” she said.

“So, I would time my treadmill so that he’d walk in and see me run. And then he added all these running scenes. So, that was it. It was, like, better than an Oscar. I was so happy! I was so happy that I got to run on-screen with Tom Cruise,” she continued.

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Wallis has previously said she was "adamant" about running alongside Cruise, as he was "so particular about his running."

She said: “I was so cheeky with him that I said ‘Come on, I’ll run through the studio with you and beat you’ and, oh my God, I did,” she said. But then he has this turbo button and as he sees you creeping up he does not like it and he powers on through," she said, adding that he actually created more running sequences for the pair of them as he was impressed.

Cruise’s intensity on set has been described by many of his co-stars previously, with Mission Impossible's Thandie Newton revealing she was “so scared” of him; calling him a “very dominant individual” on the film set.

He also famously does all of his own stunts - some leading to injuries. He broke his ankle jumping between rooftops on the set of Mission Impossible 6 in 2018.

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On the set of The Mummy with Wallis, he also recalled on The Graham Norton Show that he “had to convince the studio” to let them film an action sequence in zero gravity - a scene which took 64 takes to get right.

“It took us two days and the crew was flying around and vomiting in between takes. You couldn’t train for this. Normally stunts take months of prepping but we just did it. It was wild and I can’t believe the studio actually let me do it,” he recalled.