Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Color of Money: What the heck happened to Tom Cruise?

Although a creature with a night streak, the werewolf has found that one of exile's nasty side effects is occasional, yet, acute insomnia. He'll probably have to start self-medicating if it persists.

This scene from The Color of Money is one of the werewolf's favorites. Warren Zevon's Werewolves of London is blasting, that unto itself is epic. Ahhwooooo....

Plus, anything with Paul Newman is cool.

However, it reminds the werewolf that Tom Cruise used to be a respectable actor and begs the question, what the hell happened?

Although the werewolf has always gravitated more towards Steve McQueen, Gregory Peck, Cary Grant, Sean Connery, and other actors who represent man at his best, he recognizes talent when he sees it. The energy of Tom Cruise's hustle in this scene is phenomenal. The werewolf also grew up on films like Top Gun, Risky Business, Rain Man, and A Few Good Men. Plus, he appreciates Cruise in Jerry Mcguire and Collateral, and the point of the post isn't to berate Cruise for the latest series of bad movie choices(no shortage of those), but to just lament how a likable actor like Cruise, has lost his mojo, credibility, and respect.

Between all of the weird and excessive Scientology ties, the bizarre publicity shenanigans around his marriage to Katie Holmes, the deep-sixing of Nicole Kidman, the juvenile stunts on Oprah, and just a weird modern presence, Cruise's stock is trading very low on the werewolf's exchange. The werewolf doesn't want to hate the guy who etched Maverick, Joel Goodsen, Vincent Lauria, or Jerry Maguire into his young impressionable mind. However, every time he sees Cruise in a modern context, even in the trailer for an upcoming film, the werewolf get's a weird and creepy vibe. The werewolf can't put his paw on it, because he still enjoys and respects some of Hollywood's human train-wrecks, like Robert Downey, Jr. Perhaps it's just the sad state of modern celebrity, but somewhere along the line Tom Cruise lost control of his brand value, or it lost him.

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