FACT: Tom Cruise will end up running in every movie he stars in.
FACT: Tom Cruise is 54 and in better shape than we will ever be.
It doesn't matter who his character is, what he's wearing or what the genre is, Tom Cruise will always find a way to incorporate a sprint.
Exactly how long has Tom been running? What kind of insoles does he wear? What happens if he has to go pee?
Well, Tom has been running since 1981. Thanks to some Internet Gods, we now know the total run time (har har!) on screen is 19 minutes, across 19 movies so far:
Collateral, The Firm, Vanilla Sky, All the Mission Impossibles, The Last Samurai, Knight and Day, Minority Report, Oblivion, Born on the Fourth of July, Jerry Maguire, Days of Thunder, War of the Worlds, Cocktail, Rain Man and Jack Reacher. Phew, I'm out of breath just writing these down.
Director Edward Zwick, who worked with Tom on Jack Reacher, says it's often challenging to shoot Tom in his natural element.
"It's really hard, whether you're on a little electric cart or on an insert car. And a lot of times actors have to take a little bit of edge off to make that dolly shot work. But he has to look like he's going full out and yet not go too fast so [other actors] could rival him. So that was maybe some good acting."
So far, Tom has run 500 miles a.k.a. 804 kilometer. It takes someone an average of 15 days to walk 500 miles (at 3 MPH for 12 hours per day), so to run that distance would take around 8 days. Tom has run for 8 days. Don't even ask about how many calories that burns! That's for another day.