Tom Cruise takes the ice bucket challenge – watch

'Mission: Impossible' star does the charity stunt to raise awareness of ALS

Tom Cruise has taken the ice bucket challenge to raise awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Cruise was filmed with director Christopher McQuarrie having eight buckets of iced water poured over his head while on the set of Mission: Impossible 5.

In the video, McQuarrie reveals: “As we’re days away from shooting, the entire cast and crew are spread out over three continents but we didn’t want to miss the 24-hour deadline. So Tom and I are here to take a hit for the team.” Once the drenching begins, Cruise starts shouting, “Shit, how much more?!”

Hugh Jackman persuaded the Top Gun star to get involved with the viral charity campaign which has also attracted the support of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Hollywood director Steven Spielberg.

ESPN reports the #icebucketchallenge campaign began when Pete Frates, a former Boston College baseball player and ALS sufferer, posted a video on Facebook. In it, he challenged professional baseball players to chuck a bucket full of ice water over their heads. Those accepting and completing the challenge then got the opportunity to nominate.

So far the ice bucket challenge has raised £13.8m for the ALS Association, the American charity raising awareness of the disease. A subtype of motor neurone disease, ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

Cruise hits cinemas with Mission: Impossible 5 next Christmas. The film also stars Simon Pegg as Ethan Hunt’s tech boffin Benji Dunn.