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By Matt Murray

Tom Cruise is known for doing many of his own stunts in his action flicks, but for "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation," he's taken things to a new level.

On Monday, the "Mission Impossible" YouTube page posted an intense video of Cruise actually clinging to the side of a plane during takeoff for a stunt in the upcoming film.

The behind-the-scenes video reveals the intense prep for the stunt and details the danger before Cruise takes off on the side of the plane.

"I couldn't sleep the night before," the actor says of the scene. "If something went wrong, I can't get into the airplane until we land."

This isn't the first time Cruise has taken a performance to the extreme. Over his long career, the 52-year-old actor has become known for doing tough stunt work. For 2011's "Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol," for example, he famously dangled from the side of the world's tallest building, Dubai's Burj Khalifa, wearing special gloves that allowed him to cling to the windows.

Just watching the video is enough to make our palms sweaty.

Now it's just a matter of which is more impressive — Cruise's plane stunt, or Jean Claude Van Damme's doing the splits on moving semi-trucks for the Volvo Super Bowl commercial in 2013.

"Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation" hits theaters on July 31.