Creator / Tom Cruise

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"Tom Cruise is Tom Cruise crazy
Just be glad it's him, not you...
If you had Tom Cruise's trouble
You might be Tom Cruise crazy, too.
You'd flash your big white shiny smile,
And buy expensive shoes,
But you'd be the only man on Earth who couldn't enjoy Tom Cruise."
Jonathan Coulton, "Tom Cruise Crazy"

Thomas Cruise Mapother IV (pronounced /ˈtɒməs ˈkruːz ˈmeɪpɒθər/; born July 3, 1962), better known by his screen name of Tom Cruise, is an American actor and film producer. Forbes magazine ranked him as the world's most powerful celebrity in 2006. During his career he has been nominated for three Academy Awards and won three Golden Globe Awards. His first leading role was in Risky Business, and since then he is known for playing cocky, charismatic heroes, although sometimes stepping outside his comfort zone. He's famous for his dedication to the job, every film has him driving, motorcycling, climbing, acrobatics and running. And he does the majority of these stunts himself, not relying on stunt doubles for them. Especially his running, which happens in nearly every movie.

Every few years he attracts some attention through some unusual antics that puts him into the tabloids, such as his outspoken adherence to the Church of Scientology; and his high profile marriage to Nicole Kidman, high profile relationship with Penélope Cruz, and high profile marriage to Katie Holmes, which all slowly fell apart. He is generally very friendly, but his intensity leads to some Memetic Mutation moments in interviews that takes time to dissipate. Including jumping on Oprah's couch telling her how much he loves Katie Holmes.

Despite all the crazy, Cruise is considered a genuinely good - sometimes even great - actor with some great films and powerful performances under his belt. He has remained an A-list actor since the 80's, starting around the time of Top Gun. He opened the 2002 Oscars — just months after 9/11 — and gave a memorably appropriate and heartwarming opening speech as well, called "A Little Bit of Magic".

Finally, even in his 50's, he remains Hollywood's preeminent Bishōnen.

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Tropes associated with him:

  • Adam Westing: Most of his roles are handsome and playboys, which gets into this trope, so it's very difficult to get rid of the idea that such characters are an Actor Allusion.
  • Action Hero: Especially in the Mission: Impossible Film Series, which made his character a standard of a modern super spy. Jack Reacher practically cements it.
  • Bishōnen: A very vivid example of Hollywood handsome, with his now-characteristic perfect megawatt grin. Wasn't always that way; he started off with very wonky teeth.
  • Chick Magnet: Natch. Often extends to his characters, of course.
  • Height Angst: He is famously rather short in stature, somewhere in the vicinity of 5'7'', so many serious or romantic scenes in his works are filmed so that he was at least on a par with his Love Interest.
  • Older Than They Look: Despite being in his mid-fifties, he still looks like an attractive man in the region of 30, which in turn attracts a lot of Hollywood Old and Dawson Casting roles.
  • Large Ham: Averted with his characters. Although he definitely corresponds to this trope in real life, most of his characters have a more restrained personality.
  • Troubled, but Cute: His roles at the beginning of his career.

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