Fat, bald, and booty-shaking is officially the NEW sexy!
Good ole’ Tom Cruise! This guy has had more image makeovers than Madonna! He first made a name for himself in the early 80’s, as a promising child star, in the movie Taps, alongside other soon-to-be big names, Sean Penn and Timothy Hutton.
Then, a few years later, he reinvented himself in Risky Business, as a shy teen, who liked hookers . . . but disliked wearing pants.
As an early twenty-something, Tom Cruise starred in Top Gun, a very “manly” movie about fighter pilots. Soon after, he unwittingly became an icon for gay men everywhere, thanks to this little scene . . .
Then Tom did the “serious lawyer movie” thing in A Few Good Men. And, even though I was still prepubescent when it came out, I’m pretty sure that it was this film (and the below scene in particular) that eventually inspired me to go to law school. Not that Tom really cares, of course . . . (Nor should he.)
And what’s a modern day acting career without a little vampiric bloodsucking? Here’s looking at you, Vampire Lestat in Interview with a Vampire!
Since when did Victorian Age vampires have access to crimping irons?
When you’re a Hollywood star, who is constantly bombarded by the media’s preoccupation with youth, mid-life crises tends to hit YOU a bit earlier than the rest of the world. So, when Tom was staring down his late 30’s, he did what any self-respecting male A-list star does, upon being faced with his own mortality. He made an action movie (or, rather, four).
(Insert annoying Mission Impossible theme music here.)
This was when things got a little hairy for Tom’s heretofore stellar media image. First there was, that “Couch Jumping Incident”
Wow! I truly forgot how bizarre and uncomfortable that was to watch!
This was quickly followed by that Today show interview with Matt Lauer, which I like to refer to lovingly as . . . “Glib”-gate.
And, yet, just when it seemed as if all hope had been lost for reviving Tom Cruise’s seriously messed-up career, out of the darkness of Hollywood, there emerged a little film called Tropic Thunder, and a very special character named Les Grossman.
The film procured mainly positive reviews. In particular, Tom’s portrayal of tubby, potty-mouthed studio exec, Les Grossman, was extremely favorably received. Les Grossman went a long way toward reviving Cruise’s seemingly stalled career. The role singlehandedly illustrated his comedic chops, his ability to laugh at himself, and his general willingness to play . . . well . . . fat and bald.
The problem was that not EVERYBODY actually saw Tropic Thunder. This was why, in order to stage a COMPLETE comeback, Tom needed to do this . . .
And based on my brief perusal of the message boards and entertainment rags, Tom’s Master Plan for Image Upheaval REALLY WORKED! Mr. Cruise’s little dance with J. Lo at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards received almost uniformly positive reviews. Some even cited it as the best moment of the ENTIRE awards show. And, in discussing the dance, virtually NO ONE (except me, of course) made ANY MENTION AT ALL of all that Couch-Jumping, Scientology proseletyzing hoohaa!
Congratulations Tom Cruise! American media clearly has a very short memory . . .
Let that be a lesson to YOU, Lindsay Lohan . . .
It’s time to get fat and funky, GIRLFRIEND!