Tom Cruise’s Career: Coming or Going?
Is Tom Cruise’s career, recently hampered by his
personal antics, back on the upswing? You’d think so, considering that today
sees the release of Tropic Thunder, in which he appears as a fat, balding and
foul-mouthed studio executive. Every time Cruise makes fun of himself, insiders
and audiences alike eat it up—remember his over-the-top woman-hating guru in
Magnolia? Or the MI:2 parody he did with Ben Stiller that got more attention
than the movie? Along those lines, Cruise is rumored to have just signed on for
the comedy Food Fight, in which he plays…another jerk! (This time, a chef who
has to work in a school cafeteria.) Just when it’s looking up for the Tomster,
though, the New York Post reports today that Paramount won’t greenlight Mission
Impossible 4 because they think he’s too old (at 46) to play an action hero.
(Hmm, if that were really the reason, would we just have seen 66-year-old
Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull?) Under the
headline “Too-Old Tom Ousted For Angie,” the Post also reported that Columbia
nixed Cruise from their spy pic Edwin A. Salt, and is having the lead part re-written (and gender-reassigned) for Angelina Jolie.—Movietimes.com Movie News Bureau