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Is Tom Cruise on the Road to Redeeming Himself?

Is Tom on the Road to Redeeming Himself?

Tom Cruise surprised Matt Lauer today at his Friars Club roast. Tom got in on the fun, joking that he and Matt are close friends now and that Matt is the one who told him to act crazy on their infamous Today Show argument. Tom's been working toward changing his public image with his appearance on Oprah and his well-received comedic role for Tropic Thunder, but do you think he's on the road to redeeming himself?


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tidi tidi 8 years
I never knew for Tom for Scr**ing up at anything. He is the most exciting move star gorgeous as ever, the most beautiful family. Tom can make comments and time he wants its his beliefs. I wish someone would jump on a couch for me nothing wrong with that.. I can't wait to see hes movies hes one of te greatest actors ever. What a stupid vote!!
billyart101 billyart101 8 years
Actually, I never had a problem with him. It's just a lot of beige, boring people having a problem with someone being so open and expressive in public in a totally unplanned and unconventional way. The whole thing was blown out of proportion. Prescription drugs ARE abused. It's okay to go crazy when you're in love, just ask Beyonce. It's okay to be yourself and just be out there. He's made a lot of really entertaining movies, he's been gorgeous for years, and still looks pretty darn good for his age. Just face it, he's hot.
kellys kellys 8 years
after watching tropic thunder, i walked out of the theater and confessed that i kind of love him again. it reminded me that what i like(d) about him was his acting and his movies. his personal life has certainly clouded that, and for a while, that was *all* he did. now that he's making movies again, i've pretty much stopped caring about the crazy part. everyone's crazy. everyone gets excited. he has the misfortune of doing it in a very public venue. that's all.
italianblonde italianblonde 8 years
The 'maybe' option says it all.
Shannolyn Shannolyn 8 years
I agree that what we are seeing now it mostly just a PR act and not genuine. I also agree that he believed the public would love him no matter what and he hoped to "spread the word" of Scientology. We got a glimpse of the real Tom Cruise and his own brand of crazy, one Pat Kingsley tried to help hide for years. Now Tom is back listening to professional PR reps who are guding him---and this is their solution to rectify the damage. If he was at the height of his success at the moment, I can guarantee we would see no apology tours on Oprah or him trying to play nice with Matt Lauer. I think most people are savvy enough to know how Hollywood works to see this for what it is, and to realize Tom is an actor who wants us to buy him in this role.
wicca_08 wicca_08 8 years
I don't believe it.
rossy rossy 8 years
Actually, he has 3 sisters. His oldest sister, Lee Anne, was born in Louisville. His older sister, Marian, was born in Syracuse, as were Tom and his younger sister Cass. Real Name - Thomas Cruise Mapother IV; born, July 3, 1962. Interesting fact - "Cruise has said that he suffered from abuse as a child. This was partially due to his suffering from dyslexia. He stated that when something went wrong, his father came down hard on him. He told Parade Magazine that his father was "a bully" and "a merchant of chaos." Cruise said he learned early on that his father was – and, by extension, some people were – not to be trusted: "I knew from being around my father that not everyone means me well." Having gone through fifteen schools in twelve years, Cruise, who dropped his father's name at age twelve, was also a victim of bullying at school." [Wikipedia info] 1 thing I recently learned was that one of my favorite actors, William Mapother (Ethan Rom, Lost; Matthew Williams, The Grudge) is his 1st cousin {their fathers are brothers}! I really thing Tom was better BEFORE Scientology found him.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I was never a really big fan of him, so I don't care either way. I enjoy some of his movies, but I don't agree with his personal beliefs and I will never acknowledge Scientology as a "religion." However, I think he seems like a decent man. I agree with him that antidepressants are given out too freely nowadays, but I'm just one example that antidepressants can work. I took Zoloft for 4 months after my mom died and it helped increase my serotonin levels so I could live normally again. I only had one "relapse," that occurred about a year after I went off the medication and it lasted about 2 weeksm but I haven't been affected by depression since then (which was 4 years ago). I'm sorry, but vitamins and counseling don't always solve the problem (and sometimes they do, but they didn't in my case). Ok end rant :)
bag100 bag100 8 years
There wasn't a choice for "I just don't care." Seriously, I never was a fan, sorry...I've always thought him to be overrated and thickly publicized (and pretty crazy, actually...the way he stares in some of his movies, looks dramatic, but I really think he's just crazy). But after his affair with Penelope Cruz, his subsequent divorce from Nicole, then all the "I'm in love with Katie" crap, the wedding coverage, the Matt Lauer/"glib" crap, and everything since, he's so over and done. I'm not a sucker for public image.
Ginger Ginger 8 years
What brown_eyed_grrl said is accurate. Pat Kingsley is a powerhouse of a publicist who handled Tom's career for about 14 years until he fired her in 2005, supposedly because she suggested he tone down the Scientology rhetoric. She really controlled the media access to him, helping him become the superstar he was and now he's become of a tabloid freak.
Manoukia Manoukia 8 years
As others before me have said, he's an actor. This is all not real. If it were, he'd make a clean break from $cientology and apologize for supporting such a dangerous cult that is continuing to threaten its critics. If it were real, he'd stop advising people to take dietary supplements instead of prescribed medicine, he'd stop spewing his irrational hatred of clinical psychologists, who are medical doctors first and foremost, unlike Mr Cruise. Shouldn't it make people pause that countries in Europe didn't ever grant this money-making machine church status? The $cis tried to fight this up to European Union's highest courts and lost. So the media shouldn't stop calling all these people out.
BostonChick BostonChick 8 years
I don't think he'll ever be fully "redeemed." He's just said and done things that people won't forget...his image has been changed in a lot of people's minds, I think.
lizzylu49 lizzylu49 8 years
I wouldn't say he's "redeeming" himself now. Perhaps he is a little nutty, but he usually comes across as warm and pleasant when I've seen him on camera. It's not like he went to jail, rehab, etc. That's when you need to redeem yourself in the public eye.
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
Tom has a sister? that's something I didn't know. Doesn't really change anything but well, okay.
brown_eyed_grrl brown_eyed_grrl 8 years
Here's the real deal: He fired a very reputable PR firm and hired his sister, and that's about the time that the public got to know the real Tom. After a year of bad press, he assigned his sister to other projects and got a real firm that could clean up the mess. He's nuts, always has been, but he made the stupid mistake of firing professional handlers, so we all found out about it. There is no "new" Tom, just a new PR firm.
HeidiMD HeidiMD 8 years
I loved Tom even when he was "crazy," but I'm glad to see the media is generally warming up to him again. While some of his beliefs and his weird wife might deviate a little from the norm, he seems like a genuinely friendly, thoughtful, generous man. I think he just got carried away for a while, but is learning to calm himself back down.
Angela123 Angela123 8 years
LOL @ "Crazy doesn't just go away overnight" I could never fully dislike him (hello, Cocktail anyone?) but he kind of weirds me out...
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i've ALWAYS loved him so this is just adding to the reason why i like him so much. even when everyone else was saying negative things, i was always on his side!
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 8 years
overall, i like him, and it was not wrong to mention antidepressants, he is not the only one who thinks they are used too often. questioning the norm is a great way to bring issues out for people to discuss and think about.
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
I don't think he ever acted 'crazy' I think other celebrities are so placid and dry they labeled him as crazy for showing passion about something he believes in. It's just a testimony to how unrealistic other 'stars' have become. I love his movies...I don't care what Tom thinks about anything unless I'm a guest in his home or relying on him for my paycheck...anything else is ridiculous. I would love to see his daughter appropriately dressed for the weather though, but that's just the mother in me.
MsHauteStylist MsHauteStylist 8 years
I don't think he needs to redeem himself, really.
Ginger Ginger 8 years
I was just watching Jerry Maguire on cable this week and missing that the old Tom Cruise, but I think Tom's crazy train has left the station.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I never was a fan of Tom. Never will be. That's not to say I haven't liked some of his movies circa 80s and 90s. I'm just not a fan of the person. Tom is just a little too off the deep end for me. And I don't think that will ever change. I too would love to hear what Nicole and Katie have to say some day. Of course, I guess we'll have have to see what little Suri will turn out like.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
He doesn't need to redeem himself.
PurpleLotus PurpleLotus 8 years
He's a complete nutjob . . . I too would love for those who sold their souls to him (nicole/katie) to one day come clean about their arranged marriages
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