Monday, May 08, 2006

Cruise Control

The box office for Mission Impossible III is ok but not that good relative to the earlier editions of the franchise. Reasons for the sluggish box office has been largely attributed to the public malaise with Tom Cruise.

What happened to the guy who used to be Mr All American? After starring in films such as Risky Business, Top Gun and The Color of Money he was the next big thing in Hollywood. He went to the next level with Rain Man, Cocktail and Born on the Fourth of July which earned him an Oscar nomination. He met Nicole Kidman on the set of Days of Thunder and married her.

By the time he did A Few Good Men and The Firm he was a serious A-lister. He had enough clout to greenlight his own projects. Interview with a Vampire was ok but Mission Impossible and Jerry Maguire propelled him into the stratosphere.

Then he started to spout all the Scientology garbage mumbo-jumbo.

Eyes Wide Shut, Magnolia, Vanilla Sky and Minority Report didn't really do much. He had split by Nicole by this time and was alleged to be dating co-star Penelope Cruz just to create publicity for Vanilla Sky.

The Last Samurai was boring, Collateral was a nothing film and War of the Worlds was just so-so.

By this time he had gone Scientology crazy. He attacked Matt Lauer on the Today show, attacked Brooke Shields, there was the South Park controversy and obviously the Oprah incident.

Don't know what to believe about him now and what not to:
Was the romance with Katie contrived and artificial?
Did he really want to eat the placenta?
Does he really believe everything he says?

The public may not fawn over him like they used to but I don't think he cares. He earned $118 million from War of the Worlds and $75 million from MI3. The last time he was paid less than $20 million for a starring role was Interview With a Vampire which netted him $15 million.


Blogger ifyouwillit said...

I'm sure MI:III will be another disappointing sequal that will draw masses to the cinemas round the world, just because. As for Minority Report - that was a top flick and I hope time will give it the credit it certainly is due.

4:12 PM  
Blogger kasamba said...

What do you expect from a guy whose skin has been lifted so much that his navel is in the middle of his forehead?
the question is just HOW will he eat the placenta; boiled, fried, roasted or grilled?

6:35 PM  
Blogger Jack's Shack said...

He is just meshugah.

7:03 PM  
Blogger Pragmatician said...

Definitely don't feel sorry for a guy like that, although I admit I'm turned off by all his Meshugassen. So I'm not sure I'll go to see MI III at all.

12:26 PM  
Blogger Jerusalemcop said...

im gonna wait to MI3 on dvd, i'll only have to wait a few months. Minority report had some cool ideas for the future (not the whole pre-crime thing tho)


3:16 PM  
Blogger Dot Co Dot Il said...

If - Problem with MR was it had to be adapted from the book. Always makes it tricky.

Kasamba - What do you think is tastier? Placenta or Pecha?

Jack - True and thanks for coming by!

Pragmatician - You won't be alone. Might download it though.

JCop - It did.

12:06 PM  

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