A succession of box office flops and public relations disasters have threatened to hobble Tom Cruise – now he faces the most important week of his career.
It’s a big week for Tom Cruise.
After a PR blitz that saw him dazzle Cannes, walk the red carpet with Prince William and Kate Middleton and nearly eclipse the Queen, it’s time for paying punters to deliver their verdict on his latest blockbuster.
After Top Gun: Maverick hits theaters Thursday backed by near-universal critical acclaim.
No wonder the 59-year-old’s trademark smile has graced every TV, newspaper and website for what seems like months.
It’s a moment of triumph for the man whose bizarre behavior once threatened to derail his career.
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As one source said, “Tom feels on top of the world. It was a bet to revisit a classic film like Superior gun but it looks like it pays off.
So how did Cruise regain his crown as Hollywood’s golden boy?
To start The critics for Top Gun: Maverick gave this never shy, retired actor much-needed rocket fuel.
Box office Pro film experts predict it will be among the top five blockbusters of the summer, with expected takings of over $500 million for the sequel to the 1986 classic Superior gun.
Cruise, who divorced his third wife Katie Holmes, 43, for a decade, also seems to be bitten by the love bug again.
As we revealed last week, he’s back with British actress Hayley Atwell, 40, going so far as to take her to the London premiere last week. Superior gun after.
A nine-month romance with her MI7 the co-star passed away in September, but the pair have reportedly “bonded” again in recent weeks.
Cruise’s appearance has also returned closer to the handsome face that adorned the bedroom wall of many teenagers in the 1980s, suggesting he’s in a better place.
Wild claims about Scientology
Fans had expressed concern that he seemed to have gone under the knife too many times afterwards display a swollen, puffy face.
But perhaps one of the biggest things that has changed in Cruise’s public profile is his relationship with Scientology.
For years he has been closely associated with the controversial church.
At one point, he was even said to be his number two in command behind David Miscavige, who was best man at Cruise’s 2006 wedding to Holmes.
But his links with it are no longer clear and one wonders if he has completely abandoned it.
While filming in England, he had previously stayed at the church’s UK headquarters – Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead – and was heavily involved in an expensive refurbishment of the site in 2015.
But speculation is rife that he walked away from the church after opting to stay in a rented flat in central London and a remote house in Kent during filming. Impossible mission in 2021.
A source on set said The sun that Tom had “become withdrawn” as the pressure of working on Impossible mission7 stacked, adding, “He really keeps to himself, but something seems to have changed.
“He has the helicopter so he can get anywhere very quickly, but he hasn’t been to East Grinstead at all.
“A number of us are wondering if the Covid situation and his religious beliefs are pulling him in different directions with so much pressure to finish this movie.”
Introduced to the controversial religion – which believes humans are reincarnations of aliens and has been compared to a cult – by his first wife Mimi Rogers, 66, whom he divorced in 1990, Cruise’s A-list status has makes him a valuable asset and a leading advocate for the movement.
Second wife Nicole Kidman, 54, whom he married in 1990, first took up the religion, taking daily lessons from its teachings.
But when she became disillusioned and tried to drive him away, Chief Miscavige allegedly hatched a plot to separate the couple.
Before Cruise fell in love with third wife Katie Holmes in 2005, four years after divorcing Kidman, it was claimed the church auditioned possible partners for him and approved the batman begins star because she was 16 years younger and could attract a new generation of recruits.
The Church of Scientology “categorically denied” that Miscavige or anyone in the church was involved in the breakup with Kidman, and dismissed allegations of an audition for partners as “false gossip.”
Just a month after Cruise met Holmes, he appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show to promote his movie War of the Worldsbut instead created one of the most bizarre episodes in talk show history.
After gushing about his new romance and declaring “I’m in love,” he jumped up on the couch and began jumping up and down in a manic display of unbridled joy in front of a clearly alarmed Oprah.
The same year, he got into a heated argument with chat show host Matt Lauer over actress Brooke Shields’ revelation that she had been taking antidepressants to fight depression after the death. ‘childbirth.
Cruise criticized prescription drugs and attacked the practice of psychiatry, which he called “pseudo-science.”
He fumed, “Here’s the thing: you don’t know the history of psychiatry. I do,” he fumed. He later admitted that his conduct came across as “arrogant”.
As a result, Viacom President Sumner Redstone called off Paramount’s 14-year relationship with Cruise’s production company, Cruise/Wagner.
“Even though we love him personally, we thought it was a mistake to renew his contract,” he said at the time. “His recent conduct has not been acceptable to Paramount.”
The star’s downfall coincided with a rise in superhero movies that relied on CGI and special effects, rather than Cruise’s spectacular stunts.
The damage was compounded in 2008, when a nine-minute video of his speech at a Scientology rally leaked onto the internet.
Recorded in 2004, it showed Cruise making outlandish claims about followers of the religion, including: “As a Scientologist, when you walk past an accident, it’s like no other.
“By the way, you know you have to do something because you know you’re the only one who can really help.”
He also claimed that Scientology would eventually take over the world and the SPs – the suppressive people (criticism of the religion) – would be consigned to history.
He ended by calling Scientology an “explosion” and laughing maniacally. The church claimed the clips were heavily edited.
Scientology reportedly helped break up with Katie Holmes in 2012, after six years of marriage. Although the couple never spoke of the divorce, friends claimed Holmes wanted to protect her daughter Suri, now 16, from a church education.
By then, her star was back in the ascendant, with a starring appearance as dance studio boss Less Grossman in Thunder in the tropics regain a legion of fans and a return to the Impossible mission franchise, with the 2011 film Ghost Protocol — which grossed $970 million at the box office — signaling a renewed relationship with Paramount.
With many moviegoers increasingly critical of CGI superhero blockbusters, Cruise’s stunt-laden action genre was beginning to experience a resurgence, and he continued to star in Jack Researcher, two more Impossible mission movies and edge of tomorrow.
But there were to be more embarrassing incidents – notably the swear-strewn lockdown rant on the set of mission impossible 7 last year when he told the crew they would be ‘leaky’ if they broke the guidelines again, adding: ‘We’re not stopping this fucking movie.
Cruise later defended the explosionwhich came after two Covid shutdowns caused appalling delays and skyrocketing production costs.
“There was a lot at stake at that time,” he said. Empire magazine. “I was thinking about the people I work with and my industry. And for the whole team to know that we had started shooting a movie, it was just a huge relief.
Despite the frustration with the hold-ups, the confinement seems to have given him time to refocus on his career.
A less controversial profile is undoubtedly more palatable to Hollywood bigwigs.
Now firmly back in the Paramount fold – with both Top Gun: Maverick And two Impossible mission movies to follow – leaders can breathe a sigh of relief and start counting the spoils.
Because one thing is clear, when Tom Cruise is in good shape, there’s a lot of money to be made.
In a career spanning four decades, Cruise’s blockbuster films, including Top Gun, Jerry Maguire and Born July 4 – have earned more than $14 billion at the box office and he is one of the highest paid actors of all time.
And with Top Gun: Maverick it flies high once again.
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