Tom Cruise. The movie star we love to hate for his weird tendencies and crazy religion. Like jumping up and down on Oprah’s couch because Katie’s love gave him so much “energy”. Or to confess that Scientology cured his dyslexia and refused to make an action figure in his form (however, he doesn’t seem to have a problem with being the face after which Disney’s Aladdin was modeled)
But as much as we’d like to cast shadows, Cruise is one of the most popular actors in the world. Japan loves him so much that they gave him his own vacation on October 10th. And it’s hard to argue with his very successful career. In 1996, Cruise became the first actor to star in five consecutive films worth over $ 1
His numerous successes range from inventing the “movie star run” to getting his pilot’s license in 1994 to saving lives in real life. On this list, there are 10 more things you may or may not know about this larger than life mega movie star.
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10 A Christmas cruise
Cruise sends its co-stars and friends a “Cruise Cake” every Christmas. The coconut and white chocolate confectionery is highly valued and appreciated by celebrities around the world. The recipients include Barbara Walters, Jimmy Kimmel and Kirsten Dunst, who played the leading role with Cruise in an interview with the vampire in 1994. Henry Cavill also received a cake a few years ago and ended up devouring it himself.
Maybe this sweet touch goes back to his childhood. As many know, Cruise was always open to growing up poor. On the first Christmas after his parents split up, his family could not afford Christmas presents. Instead, they picked each other’s names out of their hats and did that person a favor. In true Secret Santa style, the giver was only revealed on Christmas Day.
9 Camera-shy cruise
It’s hard to imagine the benevolent cruise without his million dollar smile. But those pearly whites weren’t always there. When he watches his previous movies, his teeth look like everyone else’s: slightly yellowed, misaligned, and chipped from a hockey incident as a kid.
According to the late Patrick Swayze, who co-starred with Cruise in The Outsiders, Cruise was rather camera shy. In his memoir, “The Time of My Life,” Swayze recalled how Cruise would avoid commercial photo shoots and had a deep embarrassment at his grin. Fortunately for the mega movie star, money, or rather braces and veneers, can actually buy luck.
8th Cruises crazy childhood
Given Cruise’s troubled and sometimes traumatic childhood, it is sometimes not difficult to understand why he was unable to make his marriages work. Cruise grew up with an abusive father and has even told reporters that his old man was “a bully and a coward. He was the type to kick you when something goes wrong. “
Couple this with the fact that he was bullied at school and struggled to make friends because his family moved so often and many things made more sense about the man behind the movie star. During his 12-year school career, Cruise attended 15 different schools and understandably has very few lasting relationships from then.
7th Cruising, crashing and burning
The above could also explain why he had a soft spot for Zac Efron, who went to teen star hell after the success of High School Musical. One day, Cruise asked the heartthrob if he could ride a motorcycle, offered to teach him, and invited him back to his house. According to Efron, Cruise showed him how a motorcycle engine works and showed him his own immaculate collection. “It was just so nice that he even took care of it. Nobody else did it. “
Cruise’s love affair with motorcycles began long ago when he bought a Yamaha motorcycle as a teenager before he even knew how to ride it. This resulted in a not-so-surprising crash. But that didn’t stop him and over the next few years he slowly reassembled the bike.
6th Go on with the dedicated comedian
Although Cruise is best known for his action films, he has also seen success in comedic roles. He is credited with inventing Les Grossman in Tropic Thunder and even suggested that his character should be bald and have enormous hands.
In Rock of Ages, Cruise plays Stacee Jaxx, a scene who steals washed-out rockers whose exaggerated antics include the fact that a baboon buddy is always around (also Cruise’s idea). The film not only shows his funny and charming side, but is also proof of his commitment. Cruise rehearsed 5 hours a day to perfect his rocker personality and technique.
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5 Need for speed
However, Cruise is probably best known for his dedication to action films and his insistence on doing all of his own stunts. The man has dangled from planes, skyscrapers and canyon walls in the name of art and can even hold his breath for about 6 minutes (for a lifetime if you’ve ever tried it yourself). During the filming of Days of Thunder, the daredevil drove around the track at Daytona International Speedway at an average speed of 300 km / h. Really impressive considering the speed record is 223 mph!
However, the people at Bugatti were not impressed with his performance. Not on the track, but on the red carpet. In 2006, Cruise debuted the third Mission: Impossible episode in his 2005 Bugatti Veyron. Everything went smoothly until he tried to open the passenger door to help Katie Holmes get out of the vehicle. The door didn’t move. Whether that was the car’s fault or the actor’s fault we’ll never know. However, the maker felt the episode poorly reflected their craftsmanship and forbade Cruise from buying anything from Bugatti again.
4th Aaaaund cut!
His 30-second fiddling with the Bugatti’s car door handle pales in comparison to the time it takes Cruise 95 to “walk through a door” while filming Eyes Wide Shut. Here, too, it is not clear whether the fault was with Cruise or the director Stanley Kubrick. All we know is that after it was played, Kubrick Cruise apparently said, “Hey, Tom, stay with me and I’ll make you a star.”
Eyes Wide Shut is also included in the Guinness Book of Records for the longest 400 days of constant filming.
3 33 is not his lucky number
Not only did Nicole Kidman star in Eyes Wide Shut, she also married him in real life. Cruise was actually married three times: first to Mimi Rogers, who reportedly introduced him to Scientology; then to Kidman, with whom he adopted two children; His last marriage was to Katie Holmes, with whom he has a daughter named Suri. A big movie star with 3 marriages is nothing new. Celebrities put on make-up and split up after all. However, there is something strange about the three leading actresses in Cruise.
Rogers was born on January 27, 1956, while Kidman and Holmes were born on June 20, 1967 and December 18, 1978, respectively. Not only were his wives all born 11 years apart, but he also divorced them, who were all 33 years old.
2 For better and for worse
Although Cruise has appeared in several Oscar-winning films and was nominated three times for Jerry Maguire and Magnolia, Born on the Fourth of July, the A-Lister never won an Oscar. His predilection for action-packed films that don’t tend to deserve nods is likely to keep him out of the winners’ circle for the foreseeable future.
In particular, Cruise is the first actor to star in a best-picture and worst-picture contender that same year. While it’s not uncommon for an actor to win both an Oscar and a Razzie award, in 1988 Cruise was the first to star in the same film in Best Picture (Rain Man) and Worst (Cocktail).
1 Queen cruise
A razzie is bad enough, but it wasn’t his best moment showing up in tow to receive his Man of the Year award from Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals.
In 1994, Cruise, who had played Harvard degrees in both The Firm and A Few Good Men, took the stage in bright pink heels and a huge white bra with the red Harvard badge on each chest. “This is how people turn purple,” said Cruise, referring to the school’s official color.
Hasty Pudding producer Catherine Zipf said she bought the paragraphs for Cruise because she read “somewhere Tom doesn’t like to share the spotlight with someone taller than him”. This is pretty ironic considering that each of his three wives was an inch or two taller than the tiny cruise.
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