The Man Who Survived Tom Cruise – Watcher

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No one knows how it began, but everyone remembers when it exploded: On May 23, 2005, Thomas Mapother IV, known universally as Tom Cruise, jumped on the sofa of the world’s most famous broadcaster, Oprah Winfrey, seemingly crazy with the happiness and passion of young actress Katie Holmes. This moment represented a turning point in the collective consciousness, the Hollywood microcosm equivalent to the Challenger explosion or 9/11. But here there were no real victims. Tom Cruise did not die that day. What Matt is the image that the world had of the actor, based on irresistible charisma, a smile symbol of charitable individualism and healthy arrogance, and an American image as a flag “stars and stripes” fluttering on the lawn.

Yes, rumors about his sexual orientation, alleged impotence and/or sterility, and devotion to Scientology (the religion founded by eccentric L.Ron Hubbard) have been circulating for a long time, but Cruise’s tyrannical tyrant crushed those rumors. The lights went out in the cinema and her eternally young face lit up on the screen. For the millions of viewers who made Cruise one of the least dangerous projects in movie history, these conversations have only served to color the legend. There was nothing really serious about the actor’s behavior that threatened his status. Besides, what Hollywood star hasn’t had to go through a rite of denial of new rumors, new rumors, and new denials? This was the natural sound of celebrity gear running down.

When they entered the cinema, the familiar face of Cruise, which they had been accustomed to seeing for nearly two decades without interruption and without one of those “Cleopatrick” failures who regularly threw an untouchable star on Earth, assured them that there was a danger: Tom Cruise was Tom Cruise, one of the Few truths in the world of appearances, optical illusions, and wolves in sheep’s clothing, and nothing in his private life could alter this comforting fact.

[Tom Cruise no sofá de Oprah Winfrey, em maio de 2005:]

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That’s why that moment on the sofa was so shocking. It was like watching Madame Tussauds melt in front of us. The public statements he made in the aftermath of the Couch episode, and the bizarre interviews he gave when he should have been promoting his second movie with Steven Spielberg, and his sinister and menacing behavior showed Tom Cruise that almost no one knew him. The two, old and new Tom Cruise, seem to share only one characteristic: intensity. That sharpness that was his hallmark was still there, but it no longer seemed like the positive force of an inexhaustible and contagious inner energy, but the frightening sharpness of the fanatics, the paranoid who believed that only in a mad world they kept their sanity. .

Thomas Cruise Mapother IV was born on July 3, 1962 in Syracuse, New York, to an electrical engineer, named after him, and a schoolteacher named Mary Lee Pfeiffer. The couple already had two daughters, and a year after the boy was born, they had another girl. During the children’s childhood, the family moved several times from home and town, moving from New Jersey to St. Louis, and when Tom was eight years old, to Ottawa, Canada, where they lived next to a boy who would also become famous, Brian Adams. After some adjustment problems, which were exacerbated in part by learning difficulties (Tom had dyslexia), the American boy quickly became popular with his schoolmates and neighbors, especially with the women’s wing. He was a wrestler, extroverted, and had a knack for imitating cartoons, and Tom had already shown the sharpness that would become his great asset in cinema, as one of his first girlfriends put it: “He was a very strong person. He took things very seriously. If he lost a wrestling match, you wouldn’t be able to Talk to him for hours.”

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