He nearly died on the set of The Last Samurai

During the filming for ‘The Last Samurai’, Cruise narrowly avoided death when one of the mechanical horses used for the fight scenes malfunctioned. It caused his co-star Hiroyuki Sanada, to swing his blade around at just the wrong time, barely stopping before hitting Tom’s neck. Afterwards, Hiroyuki said: "I just managed to stop my sword an inch from his neck.”

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