Actor Tom Cruise almost made the ultimate sacrifice his new movie THE LAST SAMURAI when a co-star came close to cutting off his famous head.

Screen legend Tom was filming a sword fight scene opposite co-star Hiroyuki Sanada for the dramatic action movie. He was on an off-camera mechanical horse while Sanada swung the weapon about.

But it all nearly went horribly wrong - the machine stopped working suddenly and failed to move Cruise out of slashing range at the crucial moment.

Sanada says, "I swung my sword at Tom's neck to behead him and the horse didn't work.

"I stopped the blade just one inch from his neck."

12/11/2003 02:09