Tom Cruise's note to self after working with Emily Blunt on "Edge of Tomorrow" is "don't let Emily drive the stunt car."
The "Devil Wears Prada" actress wanted to go toe-to-toe with her seasoned action co-star and do her own stunts, as Cruise often does. But one such attempt almost got Cruise killed.
As Blunt recalled on "Conan" Wednesday, she was in the driver's seat while she and Cruise were in an old car for a stunt that required a fast and hard right turn.
The first attempt went OK, but the second time around, Blunt's driving crashed the two actors right into a tree.
"I almost killed Tom Cruise!" the actress said with a laugh. "When I first heard him say 'brake!' (while I was driving) in my head I went, 'oh shut up,' as if I thought I knew more about stunt driving than Tom Cruise."
Despite her stunt driving snafu, Blunt more than holds her own as Cruise's co-star in the sci-fi action flick. Cruise stars in the movie, directed by Doug Liman, as a military officer who's nearly immediately killed while in battle against a vicious alien race. But instead of dying for good, he finds himself in a time loop that continuously brings him back to the fight. With each return to battle he figures out how to get closer to victory, along with the help of Blunt's Rita Vrataski.
So far, the Friday release has received overwhelmingly positive reviews.
"Ordinarily, Tom Cruise is the biggest star in any blockbuster in which he has a part," says USA Today's Claudia Puig. But "Emily Blunt (is) his action-hero equal in 'Edge of Tomorrow,' and the mind-bending thriller ... is better for it."
And while Variety also found it to be a "cleverly crafted and propulsively executed sci-fi thriller," The Hollywood Reporter was less enthusiastic. "Picking yourself up to fight another day might work for the characters," THR's review says, "but battle fatigue eventually sets in for viewers."
Yet for The Wrap's Alonso Duralde, Cruise gives "a nicely underplayed performance, as though he were aware that it's the high-concept plot that's the real star here. Blunt ... might seem wildly miscast as a war hero, but given the strange circumstances by which Rita achieves her notoriety (as does Cage), it makes sense that they didn't cast a Sigourney Weaver type. Ultimately, though, 'Edge of Tomorrow; feels sharper and more clever than it might have been in other hands, and for a big summer star vehicle, that's surprise enough."