Whatever you think about Tom Cruise’s personal life, he’s without doubt one of the greatest actors of our generation. From his many amazing action roles in films such as the ‘Mission: Impossible’ franchise, his Oscar-bothering performances in the likes of ‘Magnolia’ and ‘Born On The Fourth Of July’, to his amazing ‘bad guy’ characters in ‘Collateral’ or ‘Interview With A Vampire’, he hardly ever stars in a bad film.
But with the amazing films does come the rather crazy, strange and bizarre personal life. Apparently ‘Tom Cruise is nuts’ is one of the most common searches involving his name on Google, and failed marriages, Scientology and jumping around on Oprah Winfrey’s sofa are just a handful of the reasons he could be considered to come under the ‘crazy’ bracket.
And it’s with that in mind that we’ve pulled together the following 10 crazy facts about our favourite Hollywood star…
1) We Could Be Watching The Latest ‘Tom Mapother’ Movie Instead
‘Cruise’ is actually Tom’s middle name, with his real last name being ‘Mapother’.
2) He Could Have Been A Priest
Cruise didn’t always want to be an actor, in fact aged 14 he planned on becoming a Catholic Priest, attending a Seminary (a college where you study theology). It didn’t work out however as he got kicked out for stealing alcohol.
3) He Could Also Have Been A Wrestler
Cruise was a wrestler in high school and originally planned on going professional. However, a knee injury meant that he had to quit the wrestling team, and that’s when he took up drama classes and his interest in acting begun.
4) He Claims Scientology Cured His Dyslexia
Yes, Cruise used to suffer from dyslexia, but says he was cured by Scientology.
5) He Dressed Up In A Bra And Heels To Accept An Award
In 1994 he was awarded man of the year by ‘Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Club’, known for its productions that feature Harvard men in drag. Rising to the occasion, he accepted the award wearing a bra and heels.
6) He Auditioned For A New Wife
Cruise split up with Penelope Cruz in 2004 because she was unwilling to fully embrace Scientology. It is understood that he then allowed the organization to audition actresses to be his future spouse, all under the guise of ‘casting’ for a Mission: Impossible movie.
7) He’s Not A Fan Of Psychologists
It has been reported that when Cruise was filming War of the Worlds, he overheard Steven Spielberg praising a psychiatrist who had helped a family member, causing him to send a Scientology group to picket the psychiatrist’s office. He has also publicly criticized Brooke Shields for her documented use of antidepressants. This is all because Scientology states that psychologists are ‘antisocial enemies of the people’.
8) He Could End Scientology If He Wanted To
Tom Cruise is the main face of Scientology in the world today, and in early 2017, Leah Remini in an interview with Bill Maher stated that because of his high standing, he “ has the power to end Scientology if he wanted to”.
9) He Could Have Been Iron Man
Cruise was in talks to play the popular iron-clad Avenger, but can you imagine anyone other than Robert Downey Jr. in the role?
10) He Has A Day Named After Him In Japan
Yes, in Japan the 10th of October is’ Tom Cruise Day’. This is mainly down to the large number of times he has visited the country.