Fourth of July not only gave America its independence, but it also gave America its most loved movie star, Tom Cruise
Actor Tom Cruise is America’s sweetheart and definitely one of the most recognisable faces on the planet. Who would not swoon to those dimples, the fictitious smile, lit sparrow eyes and impeccable style? Remember, ‘you had me at hello?’
Among the tall and muscular of the Hollywood, 5ft 7′ tall Cruise stands taller by being the most bankable actor and producer.
An Early Start
The New Yorker was born on 3 July 1962 as Thomas Mapother Cruise IV. He was initiated in acting at a very early age. The teenager Tom bagged his first part in a Franco Zeffirelli movie, Endless Love and in less than 5 years, he was on top of the list of every Hollywood producer.
Watch: Tom Cruise Biography
Cruise’s body of work is impeccable with hits like Jack Reacher, Minority Report, A Few Good Men, Interview With The Vampire and more. While most of his peers have turned to character roles given their age. The 58-year-old is still flying his own planes and doing his own stunts.
In a long career, he manned many movies. He is famous for doing his own action sequences while philanthropy comes most naturally to him. Currently, the news is that he is building a Coronavirus-free village for cast and crew to finish his Mission Impossible 7.
A source told Gulf Today,
The film has already been heavily delayed and there’s no sign of things going totally back to normal any time soon, so this is a way to try to get things up and moving again quickly and safely.
Of Action and Flying
Cruise is known to indulge heavily in any project also to get in the skin of the character. Can you imagine anyone but Cruise as ‘Maverick’ or ‘Ethan Hunt’? While Cruise is capable of flying a private plane, he learnt to fly a fighter jet especially for 1989, Top Gun.
The movie also made him a teenage heartthrob. And his look from the movie became all rage then and today serves as an inspiration for movie makers. The movie made on a $15 million budget and grossed $353.8 million worldwide. The sequel to his famous movie is delayed due to the COVID-19 as of now. For the sequel, Tom and the cast went an extra mile by shooting an amazing flight sequence where everyone handled real G force up in the air. And it’s just one of the things that the star does to achieve the perfection!
Watch: Top Gun: Maverick Flying Scene
He always goes that extra miles when it comes to action sequences and stunts.
As a child Cruise was always involved in wrestling but when 1996 Mission Impossible came along, he had to push his boundaries. He learnt Jiu-Jitsu and continues his Zen mode since. While the question back in the day was, do we need a Mission Impossible movie given there were TV series and its sequel as well? But when Ethan Hunt debuted on the big screen, it spiralled a long-standing franchise that still has two more movies in store.
About Love and Other things
Let’s just say the heartthrob who easily makes anyone skip a beat, isn’t so lucky in love. As successfully he crafted his career, his love life wasn’t at par. He was married to Mimi Rogers from 1987 to 1990. Rogers also initiated Cruise in Scientology. However, his infamous relationship and controversial representation of the church is a conversation for another time.
Watch: Tom Cruise On Scientology
He was married next to actor Nicole Kidman from 1990 to 2001. The relationship saw the couple adopt two children, daughter Isabella and son Connor. The high profile couple was so much in love while it lasted.
The jumping on the couch meme of the actor comes from an Oprah Winfrey show where he declares his love for Katie Holmes. He was married to Holmes from 2006 to 2012 and has a daughter with her aptly named Suri that translates to ‘princess.’
While love in the real-life betrayed Tom Cruise, again and again, it’s his initial romantic, slice of life movies that made him reach the heights of stardom. While Cruise was born on the 3rd of July, his acting career was born with 1989, Born on the Fourth of July.
Watch: Cruise Receives Golden Globes Best Actor, Born On The Fourth Of July
Cruise bagged his first Oscar nomination for playing Ron Kovic, an ex-Marine Corps who gets paralysed in an accident which changes his view of the war and the world. The 1989 movie not only solidified his career but also put him on the path of being the most bankable actor in Hollywood.
Six years later, playing Jerry Maguire, a sports agent who exposes illegal practices that prevail in the business was another milestone of his career. The movie went on to prove that he is more than a pretty face or just an action crazy star. He was humane and the audience cried with Jerry, every time he cried on the screen. It bagged him his second Academy Nomination.
In a long-spanning career, many milestones, heartbreaks and controversies later, Tom Cruise is still reigning in Hollywood. Years have passed and age hasn’t touched him. We still look at him with awe in the new Top Gun: Maverick trailer, don’t we? The style oozes!
Tom Cruise is and always will be Born on the Fourth of July for America! In a sense, he is America personified!