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Tom Cruise in Cruise Control


Tom Cruise is a Hollywood tiger, an actor who rakes in the big bucks and doesn't seem to age. At one point, Cruise was married to Katie Holmes, jumping up and down on Oprah's couch and punting scientology to the point of becoming a social piranha. However, those days are long gone and now seem part of some elaborate stunt for what's ultimately been an amazing comeback. Maybe he'd pissed off his PR team, hired Bell Pottinger to stir things up or was just going about world domination the wrong way around. Well, whatever the fiasco... kudos to Cruise who's worn his adoptive name with pride and managed to create an empire in the remnants of that tabloid frenzy.

tom cruise in cruise control

The Tom Cruise phenomenon still sells tickets and gets people talking. Being one of the last true movie stars, at least of the age where star power meant something, he's become a film maverick... mogul even. Sporting the eagle-eyed determination that's come to represent his whole career, he's leveraged sheer determination in his bid to be the biggest and the best. Cruise has done Magnolia and Tropic Thunder to keep people on their toes when it comes to his casting. He doesn't want to always be in action-orientated blockbuster movies because he can act, but this seems to be the thing he does best.

Testament to the brilliant "running for office" video, it's not all that shocking to imagine a United States where someone like Cruise could potentially run for President. If actor Ronald Reagan and tycoon Donald Trump were to the task and got voted in then why wouldn't this be a very real possibility. Arnold Schwarzeneggar achieved the third thing on his American Dream bucket list by becoming governor of California, one of the most powerful entities on the face of the planet, so why the heck not.

It seems Cruise is never far from the entertainment headlines either, having been at the intersection between long-awaited Top Gun: Maverick and Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning recently. Doing a flyover at Cannes to inaugurate the excitement for Top Gun: Maverick, the actor recently finished filming a series of action sequences for Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning in South Africa, where he performed some outrageous stunts and was an absolute darling with local fans.

When asked about his audacious stunt work, he contrasted this full tilt commitment to the craft and ensuring maximum immersion for audiences with Gene Kelly's dancing. No one would ask Kelly why he dances and no one does Tom Cruise better than Thomas Mapother IV. A living legend, the actor always seems to come out guns blazing whether he's blasting aliens in the Groundhog Day style Edge of Tomorrow or rocking out in Rock of Ages. Audiences love Cruise for doing his thang and even though the final installation of Mission: Impossible has been split into a Part I and II, there's no doubt that Cruise has more wild adventures up his sleeve.

Being from the old guard... no, not the movie with Charlize Theron... the old school Hollywood brigade, he's adamant about ensuring the survival of the big screen experience. Movies are made to be enjoyed in theatres and while Cruise has been vocal about film set safety protocol during the pandemic, he's not about to let films hit streaming platforms simultaneously with theatre releases. Much like Christopher Nolan, the filmmakers aren't about to let cinemas become an afterthought. The way that Marvel blockbusters are performing, it doesn't seem like this clear and present danger is about to undermine film theatres, cineplexes or exhibitors who have made it through the worst of the pandemic.