Tom Cruise. The film star we like to hate for his oddball tendencies and batshit crazy religion. Like leaping up and down on Oprah’s sofa as a result of Katie’s love gave him a lot “vitality”. Or professing that Scientology cured his dyslexia and refusing to have an motion determine made in his likeness (he doesn’t, nevertheless, appear to have an issue being the face Disney’s Aladdin was modeled after).
But as a lot as we’d prefer to throw shade, Cruise is likely one of the world’s most beloved actors. Japan loves him a lot, the truth is, they gave him his personal vacation on 10 October. And it’s laborious to argue together with his very profitable profession. In 1996, Cruise grew to become the primary actor to star in 5 consecutive motion pictures that grossed over $100 million in the US.
His many accomplishments vary from inventing the “film star run” to incomes his pilot’s license in 1994 and even saving lives in actual life. On this checklist are 10 different issues you might or might not learn about this larger-than-life mega film star.
10 A Cruise Christmas
Cruise famously sends his co-stars and associates a “Cruise cake” yearly for Christmas. The coconut and white chocolate confection is broadly appreciated and fussed over by celebrities the world over. Recipients embody, amongst others, Barbara Walters, Jimmy Kimmel, and Kirsten Dunst who co-starred with Cruise in Interview with the Vampire again in 1994. Henry Cavill additionally acquired a cake a few years in the past and ultimately devoured the entire thing by himself.
Maybe this candy contact harks again to his childhood. As many know, Cruise has at all times been open about rising up poor. The primary Christmas after his dad and mom break up up, his household couldn’t afford Christmas presents. As a substitute, they picked one another’s names out of a hat and did favors for that individual. In true Secret Santa fashion, the giver was solely revealed on Christmas Day.
9 Digital camera-shy Cruise
It’s laborious to image the benevolent Cruise with out his million-dollar film star smile. But these pearly whites weren’t at all times there. his earlier motion pictures, his tooth appear like everybody else’s: barely yellowed, misaligned and chipped from a hockey incident as a baby.
In keeping with the late Patrick Swayze, who co-starred with Cruise in The Outsiders, Cruise was quite digital camera shy. In his memoir, The Time of My Life, Swayze recalled how Cruise would keep away from publicity photoshoots and harbored a deep-seated embarrassment about his grin. Happily for the mega film star, cash, or quite braces and veneers, can certainly purchase happiness.
8 Cruise’s loopy childhood
When you think about Cruise’s troubled and generally traumatic childhood, it’s generally not laborious to see why he couldn’t make his marriages work. Cruise grew up with an abusive father and has even informed reporters that his previous man was “a bully and a coward. He was the kind of person who if one thing goes flawed, they kick you.”
Couple this with the truth that he was bullied at college and had hassle making associates as a result of his household moved so typically and quite a lot of issues in regards to the man behind the film star begin to make extra sense. Throughout his 12-year college profession, Cruise attended 15 completely different faculties and, understandably, has only a few lasting relationships from again then.
7 Cruise, crash and burn
The above may also clarify why he had a delicate spot for Zac Efron who was in teen-star hell after the success of Excessive Faculty Musical. Sooner or later Cruise requested the heartthrob whether or not he knew how one can experience a bike, provided to show him and invited him again to his home. In keeping with Efron, Cruise confirmed him how a bike engine works and confirmed off his personal pristine assortment. “It was simply so good that he cared in any respect. Nobody else did.”
Cruise’s love affair with bikes began manner again when he purchased a Yamaha motorbike as a teen earlier than he even knew how one can experience it. This resulted in a not-so-surprising crash. That didn’t cease him, nevertheless, and over the subsequent couple of years he slowly put the motorbike again collectively.
6 Cruise the dedicated comic
Though Cruise is finest identified for his motion motion pictures, he has additionally identified success in comedic roles. He’s credited for developing with Les Grossman in Tropic Thunder, even suggesting his character must be balding and have monumental palms.
In Rock of Ages, Cruise stars as Stacee Jaxx, a scene-stealing washed-up rocker whose over-the-top antics embody, amongst different issues, maintaining a baboon sidekick shut by always (additionally Cruise’s thought). The film portrays not solely his humorous and charming facet however can be a testomony to his dedication. Cruise rehearsed 5 hours a day to good his rocker persona and method.
5 Want for velocity
Cruise might be most well-known, although, for his dedication to motion motion pictures and insisting on doing all his personal stunts. The person has dangled from planes, skyscrapers, and canyon partitions within the title of artwork and might even maintain his breath for about 6 minutes (a lifetime in the event you’ve ever tried it your self). Whereas filming Days of Thunder, the daredevil drove across the observe at Daytona Worldwide Speedway at a mean of 205 mph. Actually spectacular, contemplating the land velocity report is 223mph!
The individuals at Bugatti, nevertheless, weren’t impressed by his efficiency. Not on the observe however on the purple carpet. In 2006, Cruise arrived on the premiere of the third Mission: Unattainable instalment in his 2005 Bugatti Veyron. Every thing went easily till he tried to open the passenger door to assist Katie Holmes exit the car. The door wouldn’t budge. Whether or not this was the fault of the automotive or the actor we’ll by no means know. The producer, nevertheless, felt the episode mirrored poorly on their craftmanship and banned Cruise from shopping for something from Bugatti once more.
4 Aaaaand lower!
His 30-second fumble with the Bugatti’s automotive door deal with pales compared to the time it took Cruise 95 takes to nail “strolling by means of a doorway” whereas filming Eyes Broad Shut, although. Once more, nevertheless, it’s not clear whether or not the fault lay with Cruise or director Stanley Kubrick. All we all know is that after watching the playback, Kubrick apparently informed Cruise “hey, Tom, follow me and I’ll make you a star.”
Eyes Broad Shut can be featured within the Guinness Guide of World Data for the longest fixed film shoot equaling 400 days.
3 33 isn’t his fortunate quantity
Nicole Kidman was not solely Cruise’s co-star in Eyes Broad Shut, she additionally married him in actual life. Cruise, the truth is, has been married 3 instances: first to Mimi Rogers, who reportedly launched him to Scientology; then to Kidman with whom he adopted two children; his final marriage was with Katie Holmes with whom he has a daughter named Suri. A serious film star with 3 marriages is nothing new. Celebrities make up and break up on a regular basis in spite of everything. There’s, nevertheless, one thing a bit of bizarre about Cruise’s three main women.
Rogers was born on 27 January 1956 whereas Kidman and Holmes had been born on 20 June 1967 and 18 December 1978 respectively. Not solely had been his wives all born 11 years aside, he additionally divorced them whey had been every 33 years previous.
2 For higher and for worse
Though Cruise has starred in a number of Academy Award-winning motion pictures and has himself been nominated thrice for Born on the Fourth of July, Jerry Maguire and Magnolia, the A-lister has by no means gained an Oscar. His penchant for action-packed flicks that don’t are likely to earn nods will in all probability maintain him out of the winner’s circle for the foreseeable future.
Notably, Cruise is the primary actor to star in a Finest Image and Worst Image contender in the identical yr. Whereas it’s not that uncommon for an actor to win an Academy Award in addition to a Razzie Award, in 1988 Cruise grew to become the primary to function in the very best movie (Rain Man) and the worst (Cocktail) in the identical yr.
1 Queen Cruise
A Razzie is unhealthy sufficient however having to point out up in drag to gather his “Man of the 12 months” award from Harvard College’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals was not his best second both.
In 1994, Cruise, who had performed a Harvard graduate in each The Agency and A Few Good Males, made his method to the stage in shiny pink heels and an enormous white bra with the purple Harvard emblem on every breast. ‘That is the way you flip individuals crimson,’ mentioned Cruise, referring to the varsity’s official colour.
Hasty Pudding producer Catherine Zipf mentioned she purchased the heels for Cruise as a result of she’d ‘learn someplace Tom doesn’t like sharing the highlight with somebody taller than he’s.’ That is fairly ironic contemplating every of his three wives had been an inch or two taller than the diminutive Cruise.