Hollywood star Tom Cruise has shocked holidaymakers by turning up for their scuba diving class in the Cayman Islands.

Tom Cruise visits Cayman Islands on Off-Duty Scuba Mission Impossible 5

Action star and Hollywood heartthrob has shocked holidaymakers by turning up for their scuba diving class in the .

Tom Cruise has apparently taken a break from filming movies to learn how to scuba dive, and surprised many when he joined their underwater classes.

Hype Life Magazine understands that Cruise was having a short break on the island, where he filmed the The Firm more than two decades ago.

“He was a really good sport. The captain was obviously a huge fan as he was wearing a Top Gun cap,” an insider told British newspaper The Sun.

“During his briefing he poked fun at Tom by saying what speed they were ‘cruising’ at and he laughed it all off.”

Cruise, 52, who is said to be a frequent visitor to Cayman, stunned other visitors when he joined a group of scuba divers for a lesson to prepare himself, insiders say, for his role in the new Mission Impossible movie. 

He was taking time off from the action adventure shoot, having been in London, UK, to film scenes recently. The fifth movie in the franchise has an all-star cast, with Alec Baldwin, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg all involved.

Cruise became a full-fledged movie star after starring as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in the action drama Top Gun (1986).

He has since 1996 been well known for his role as secret agent Ethan Hunt in the Mission: Impossible film series, which has a fifth film set for release in 2015.

One of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood, Cruise starred in several more successful films in the 1980s, including the dramas The Color of Money (1986), Cocktail (1988), Rain Man (1988), and Born on the Fourth of July (1989).

In the 1990s, he starred in a number of successful films, including the romance Far and Away (1992), the drama A Few Good Men (1992), the legal thriller The Firm (1993), the romantic horror film Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994), the romantic comedy-drama sports film Jerry Maguire (1996), the erotic thriller Eyes Wide Shut, directed by Stanley Kubrick, and the drama Magnolia (both 1999).

In the 2000s, Cruise starred in a number of successful films, including the science fiction thrillers Vanilla Sky (2001) and Minority Report (2002), the epic war film The Last Samurai (2003), the crime film Collateral (2004), in which he portrays a hitman, the science fiction disaster thriller film War of the Worlds (2005), the war drama Lions for Lambs (2007), the historical thriller Valkyrie (2008), the action comedy Knight and Day (2010), the thriller Jack Reacher (2012), the post-apocalyptic science fiction film Oblivion (2013), and the military science fiction film Edge of Tomorrow (2014).

In 2012, Cruise was Hollywood’s highest-paid actor. Fifteen of his films grossed over $100 million domestically; twenty-one have grossed in excess of $200 million worldwide.

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