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Tom Cruise is a legendary actor that needs no introduction. He is a household name and one of the greatest actors to ever live. “He has made 43 films, contributing in a producing role on many of them, and he has collaborated with a remarkable list of celebrated film directors.” Tom Cruise inherently is a filmmaker. Not only is he a fantastic actor, but his success in the performance aspect of his career has only gone on to inspire the creative filmmaking style that Cruise employs to this day. Now in this modern era, Tom Cruise continues to release top-notch quality films that push the boundaries of the entertainment industry.

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It is clear that Cruise will go down in history as an icon, but rather than retire and be satisfied with what he has already achieved, the star seems intent on surpassing his previous works. With his most recent film release, ‘Top Gun: Maverick,’ Tom Cruise has once again proven to the world why he is considered one of the best actors of all time. In its first screening at the seventy-fifth film festival of Cannes, the film was celebrated and met with a wondrous reception. “When the film was over, the crowd was up on their feet for a five-minute standing ovation.” As Tom Cruise’s career continues to reach new heights, at times it is easy to forget that someone so talented and successful is just as human as anyone else.                         

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The Genesis of Tom Cruise 

Originally born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV in Syracuse, New York, Tom Cruise rose to fame in the 1980s as one of Hollywood’s leading men. Cruise made his acting debut in the film, ‘Endless Love,’ (1981) and would go on to hold supporting actor roles in the movies, ‘Taps,’ (1981) and ‘The Outsiders,’ (1983). The first breakout film where Cruise starred in the leading role was ‘Risky Business,’ (1983). “The movie was a major success, earning Cruise widespread recognition. His star status was cemented with, ‘Top Gun’ (1986), the highest-grossing film of that year, in which he played a navy jet pilot.” Cruise in the span of his career has taken on a wide range of roles that have tested the limits of his acting ability. Cruise’s broad depth of skill in portraying an eclectic number of real and fictional characters is what has led to him being able to command a screen and consistently draw an audience to view his latest works.

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Cruise, throughout his earlier roles, brought a level of authenticity and genuineness that skyrocketed him to newfound stardom. Though his origin would not be nearly as impactful or remarkable without following the later trajectory of his career. For someone who first started acting in high school, Cruise has proven that his skill as an actor is not only natural talent but also the product of hard work and dedication to his craft.     

How Has Tom Cruise’s Personal Life Affected His Work?

Tom Cruise’s personal life has always had an effect on his professional career. Cruise’s involvement and participation within the religious group Scientology has been met with ongoing public curiosity and bewilderment. Cruise’s relationship with the Church of Scientology has always been kept extremely private by both the actor and the religious organization. Cruise is one of the biggest celebrity names to be a part of Scientology and members of the public through learning of this connection have wondered what is Cruise’s reason for being a part of a group that has been labeled as “indoctrinating.” Despite his deep and faithful involvement with Scientology, Cruise has not let this personal aspect of his life affect his work in any way. Much of the individual beliefs that concern Cruise being a Scientologist are not drawn from fact or evidence but rather from personal stigmas towards a group that is perceived as “controlling.”

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Whether or not this is the case with Tom Cruise and the religion of Scientology, in actuality it has had no role in derailing or minimizing the magnitude of Tom Cruise’s role as a public figure. In fact, Tom Cruise has handled his fame and success with incredible finesse and modesty. Recently during the ongoing global pandemic, Cruise was seen reprimanding workers on the set of one of his latest films for violating health and safety protocols. Cruise was audibly heard stating that the entire world is looking to this particular production crew on how to perform and work effectively, in order to protect the jobs and livelihood of others. This outburst by Cruise was met by the admiration of those who realized the truth behind his words. While his personal life has always and will continue to be held under public scrutiny, Tom Cruise has shown that he truly is a man of the people.

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Tom Cruise: A Legendary Actor

Tom Cruise, since his acting debut in 1981 has continued to grow as an actor and filmmaker. “Having achieved extraordinary success as an actor, producer, and philanthropist in a career spanning over three decades, Cruise is a three-time Oscar® nominee and three-time Golden Globe Award® winner whose films have earned over $10 billion in the worldwide box office—an incomparable accomplishment.” While shockingly enough that he has not yet been awarded an Oscar for his phenomenal performances, Cruise is not quite done making films. His latest film, the sequel to ‘Top Gun,’ has been heralded by some as being better than the original. This is a bold statement and yet it is one that is not completely unbelievable.

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Cruise, who is going on to add the seventh and eighth installments to the Mission Impossible franchise, continues to build off of his previous works by testing the limits of stunts and realism used within his films. His works have grown in authenticity and quality, matching the excellent level of his performances. Tom Cruise is a true master of his craft and his dedication to his work is constantly reflected in the top-tier films he consistently releases. Despite the complications and questions that have arisen regarding his private life, Cruise has kept this separate from his career and has acted as a true professional leaving his personal beliefs and interests outside the realm of work.                                     

By Thomas Jacobs

Click here to read The Hollywood Insider’s CEO Pritan Ambroase’s love letter to Cinema, TV and Media. An excerpt from the love letter: The Hollywood Insider’s CEO/editor-in-chief Pritan Ambroase affirms, We have the space and time for all your stories, no matter who/what/where you are. Media/Cinema/TV have a responsibility to better the world and The Hollywood Insider will continue to do so. Talent, diversity and authenticity matter in Cinema/TV, media and storytelling. In fact, I reckon that we should announce “talent-diversity-authenticity-storytelling-Cinema-Oscars-Academy-Awards” as synonyms of each other. We show respect to talent and stories regardless of their skin color, race, gender, sexuality, religion, nationality, etc., thus allowing authenticity into this system just by something as simple as accepting and showing respect to the human species’ factual diversity. We become greater just by respecting and appreciating talent in all its shapes, sizes, and forms. Award winners, which includes nominees, must be chosen on the greatness of their talent ALONE.

I am sure I am speaking for a multitude of Cinema lovers all over the world when I speak of the following sentiments that this medium of art has blessed me with. Cinema taught me about our world, at times in English and at times through the beautiful one-inch bar of subtitles. I learned from the stories in the global movies that we are all alike across all borders. Remember that one of the best symbols of many great civilizations and their prosperity has been the art they have left behind. This art can be in the form of paintings, sculptures, architecture, writings, inventions, etc. For our modern society, Cinema happens to be one of them. Cinema is more than just a form of entertainment, it is an integral part of society. I love the world uniting, be it for Cinema, TV. media, art, fashion, sport, etc. Please keep this going full speed.

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