Talk about Cruising for a bruising. Hollywood hunk Tom Cruise says he enjoys performing stunts so much he has to be told to stop smiling.

The 58-year-old has been promoting the film sequel Top Gun: Maverick and told The Graham Norton Show: "I am a very physical actor and I love doing them (stunts).

"I study and train and take a lot of time figuring it all out. I have broken a lot of bones.

"The first time of any stunt is nerve-racking but it also exhilarating. I have been told a few times during shooting a stunt to stop smiling."

He said of reprising the famous role: "It was just that moment when I thought, 'If I'm going to do this, now's the time."'

Cruise told Norton: "Being here is the first time I have been out of the film bubble - this is just incredible.

"From the moment we were in lockdown I have been working seven days a week almost around the clock because we were finishing Top Gun and prepping Mission Impossible.

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"They shut down Mission and said we wouldn't film for another year, so I had to figure it out.

"We worked with governments, doctors and our crew to keep everyone working - I haven't had that banana bread moment yet."

Norton's chat show also features Cruise's Top Gun co-stars Jennifer Connelly and Miles Teller, as well as actors Felicity Jones and Wunmi Mosaku, comic John Bishop, and music from Years & Years.

The Graham Norton Show airs on BBC One on Friday at 11.15pm.