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Is it all over for Tom Cruise?

Old 02-02-11, 01:15 PM
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Is it all over for Tom Cruise?

Nobody stays at the top forever, and this is certainly true even after certain actors have spent more than 20 years at the top of their game.

As far as Tom Cruise goes (and he used to be one of my favorite actors), I think he not only suffers from nutsy-itis, but he has gotten too big for his britches. True, he turned in a good performance in Tropic Thunder, but that was a gem mixed in a heap of coal for the past five or six years.

Does anyone here think Cruise will rise above his current notoriety as a crazed Scientologist and action-hero star (enough with Mission: Impossible already) and become a box office draw again?
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Re: Is it all over for Tom Cruise?

Is he selling autographed items on eBay yet?
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Re: Is it all over for Tom Cruise?

Katie Holmes is forging his signature because Cruise can't accept reality.
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Re: Is it all over for Tom Cruise?

The whole reason he was in Tropic Thunder was to start the transition to supporting roles. So as a leading man who's box office yes it's over.
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Re: Is it all over for Tom Cruise?

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The whole reason he was in Tropic Thunder was to start the transition to supporting roles. So as a leading man who's box office yes it's over.
that could be the reason why he accepted a supporting role in 1999's Magnolia, but I don't think so. I think Tom Cruise just does whatever part might suit his fancy at the time.
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Re: Is it all over for Tom Cruise?

It used to be that from aprox 1985 to 2005 every film he did had something great about it, a certain spark. He wasn't neccessarily great, but the film was. Take Days of Thunder, not a great performance by him, and the film is a rather routine sports melodrama, but it has a certain magic. Cruise films used to mean magic, and again I say, he wasn't neccesarily magic in them, but he appeared in films that were magic. The films just clicked. His latest films have him, but they don't click. It's weird because it's so intangible.

Mostly I think he wasn't affraid to work with BIG NAME directors (Kubrick, Spielberg, Scorsese, Stone, DePalma, Ridley and Tony Scott, Sidney Pollack, Barry Levinson, even Woo and Reiner were huge when he worked with them). Lately he wants to work with talented craftsman, not auteurs. Brian Singer and JJ Abrams are only serviceable directors, competent craftsmen. It's a common problem with actors, if the director is bigger than you, you are at risk of losing control to them, but they might take you to great places. Cruise is affraid now. He's a affraid to work with the big name directors.

That being said, I could see him having a late career renaissance if he plays his cards right. He should lie low for 5-8 years and then do something brilliant as part of an ensable.
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Re: Is it all over for Tom Cruise?

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Nobody stays at the top forever, and this is certainly true even after certain actors have spent more than 20 years at the top of their game.

As far as Tom Cruise goes (and he used to be one of my favorite actors), I think he not only suffers from nutsy-itis, but he has gotten too big for his britches. True, he turned in a good performance in Tropic Thunder, but that was a gem mixed in a heap of coal for the past five or six years.

Does anyone here think Cruise will rise above his current notoriety as a crazed Scientologist and action-hero star (enough with Mission: Impossible already) and become a box office draw again?
I think he just needs to pick the right projects..He has only had one Box office dud in the last few years (Night and Day or whateer that was)
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Originally Posted by superdeluxe View Post
I think he just needs to pick the right projects..He has only had one Box office dud in the last few years (Night and Day or whateer that was)
...and Lions for Lambs, and Valkyre to an extent.
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Re: Is it all over for Tom Cruise?

Tom Cruise is doing fine, and will continue to be popular for years to come. I totally see him moving into some really interesting projects and the guy is a pretty decent actor. Scientology aside, and I've honestly not seen much of that since I don't follow tabloids or daytime TV, I've always thought he seems like a likeable person with a good sense of humor. I own several of his movies and he's always good.
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Re: Is it all over for Tom Cruise?

I've never been a big Tom Cruise fan but I think he's becoming likable again. He was funny in Tropic Thunder and in Knight and Day. I don't cringe anymore when I see he's in a movie. Now Mel Gibson on the other hand.........
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Re: Is it all over for Tom Cruise?

Ive always liked Tom Cruise' acting and I really dont think its over for him or anything like that but a new big hit couldn't hurt.
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Re: Is it all over for Tom Cruise?

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Is he selling autographed items on eBay yet?
No, but I heard that he's taken a second job in a candy factory as a fudge packer.
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Re: Is it all over for Tom Cruise?

He should doing bad guys. Like Travolta does.
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Re: Is it all over for Tom Cruise?

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He should doing bad guys. Like Travolta does.
Hell no - Travolta is in the same boat Tom Cruise is in.
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Re: Is it all over for Tom Cruise?

Originally Posted by Buttmunker View Post
Hell no - Travolta is in the same boat Tom Cruise is in.
But Travolta has always been in flux.
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Re: Is it all over for Tom Cruise?

All I know is that I'm not watching Mission Impossible 6 in 2018 due to the mind-control and stuff.
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Re: Is it all over for Tom Cruise?

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But Travolta has always been in flux.
True. You know your career is on the skids when doing a Welcome Back, Kotter Reunion is a step up.
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Re: Is it all over for Tom Cruise?

Originally Posted by Mabuse View Post
It used to be that from aprox 1985 to 2005 every film he did had something great about it, a certain spark. He wasn't neccessarily great, but the film was. Take Days of Thunder, not a great performance by him, and the film is a rather routine sports melodrama, but it has a certain magic.
I always hated Days Of Thunder (even back when it was called Top Gun). But Tom Cruise has always been among my favorite actors and usually the highlight in the films I've seen with him in them.
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Re: Is it all over for Tom Cruise?

So far the one vote for "who cares? I never liked him anyway" came from me because who cares? I never liked him anyway.

That being said, his role in "Tropic Thunder" as Les Grossman was all kinds of awesome. One of my favorite movies and he is one of the major reasons why.
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Re: Is it all over for Tom Cruise?

Hell, I'm still waiting for Eddie Murphy & Martin Lawrence to be over.
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Re: Is it all over for Tom Cruise?

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...and Lions for Lambs, and Valkyre to an extent.
Valkyrie made over 200 million worldwide. Not bad for Nazis as good guys.
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Re: Is it all over for Tom Cruise?

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That being said, I could see him having a late career renaissance if he plays his cards right.
How will playing cards help?
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Re: Is it all over for Tom Cruise?

His religious cult preferences aside, Knight and Day was a very underrated summer blockbuster that didn't take off financially in the states due to everyone's backlash of Cruise.
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Re: Is it all over for Tom Cruise?

<--- can't wait to see Quentin Tarantino resurrect Cruise's career.
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Re: Is it all over for Tom Cruise?

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<--- can't wait to see Quentin Tarantino resurrect Cruise's career.
He can play the Selma Hayek role in from Dusk Til Dawn. Except maybe with a garter snake.

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