As famed actor Tom Cruise journeyed to Dubai to attend the premiere of his “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” to the world, he told a crowd of reporters that the city could be the region’s hub for filmmaking and attract Hollywood’s actors and actresses.
“Absolutely [it will attract more movies],” Arabian Business reported Cruise as saying in a press conference on Wednesday on the 124th floor of the world’s tallest tower, Burj Khalifa.
“I know people have said they want to come here and shoot or make a film,” the actor said, who also happened to produce the film.
“I’ve always wanted to shoot here, back from when I was watching the city being built. Many people have asked us about travelling here and what it was like. People are very interested to come here and shoot,” the actor said.
The film, which begin shooting on Sept. 30, 2010, was shot in Dubai, Prague, Moscow, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Vancouver.
In the movie, Cruise performed a sequence in which Ethan Hunt, the intelligence agent he plays, scales the outside of the Burj Khalifa tower without the use of a stunt double.
“I trained for months so I could practice the scenes at the Burj Khalifa,” he told the press conference. “The only thing I was afraid of was falling.”