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Tom Cruise Is Out There

by | 24th, August 2006

THERE was a time when the worst thing a Hollywood superstar could be was gay or a communist.

Now they’re being outed for being anti-Semitic (or outing themselves, as is alleged with Mel Gibson), and for wearing pointy hats.

The latest news from Tinseltown is that Scientologist Tom Cruise has been dropped by Paramount Pictures. After 14 years of working together, a period that has taken in such hit movies as Top Gun and Mission: Impossible, studio and star have parted company.

Sumner Redstone, the chairman of the studio’s parent company Viacom, explains. “As much as we like him personally, we thought it was wrong to renew the deal. His recent conduct has not been acceptable to paramount.”

Redstone continues: “It’s nothing to do with his acting ability. He’s a terrific actor. But we don’t think that someone who effectuates creative suicide and costs the company revenue should be on the lot.”

Redstone does not mince his words. There is no talk of “creative defences” and how it is wrench to let Tom go.

The story is that Tom has cost the studio money. The Mail hears Redstone estimate that Tom’s antics lost Mission: Impossible III between £50million and £75million at the box office.

Tinseltown does not make trends, it merely reflects them. If we all loved Tom for his couch jump moment on Oprah Winfrey and his belief that humans are an alien race of Thetans, he’d probably still be with the studio.

But we don’t. Tom is embarrassing and creepy. The Mirror remembers the £20,000 Tom spent on a sonogram machine so that he could perform scans on younger girlfriend and mum-to-be Katie Holmes’ womb.

He is, as the Sun’s headline says, “MISTER IMPOSSIBLE”. Money was counted. Tom had to go.

Although, on the upside, Tom is now a free agent to make any movie he wants. And he’s worth an estimated £250million. So look out for Holmes: The Birth Of A Suri, The Last Scientologist and Far And Away…With the Fairies…



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