Tom Cruise Interviews That Got Out Of Hand

Tom Cruise Interviews That Got Out Of Hand


After kicking off his acting career in the
early ’80s, Tom Cruise quickly became a household name, regularly fronting successful franchises
like Mission: Impossible. But this A-list actor is no stranger to controversy. Let’s take a look at the wildest Tom Cruise
interviews ever. As one of Scientology’s most famous proponents,
Tom Cruise’s involvement with the religion has been well-documented. So it’s entirely unsurprising that he’s enthusiastically
discussed his commitment to the Church in multiple interviews throughout his career. In 2004, for example, he opened up about the
matter to The Guardian’s Neil Strauss, saying, “Some people, well, if they don’t like Scientology,
well, then, f— you.” Strauss noted that at one point, Cruise rose
from the table and pointed at an imaginary enemy while his face reddened. The actor’s intensity only continued throughout
the interview, as he revealed, “Yeah, I lose my cool. But I’m not a hothead. I’m not someone who screams at people. It takes a lot. It depends on the situation, know what I mean? You look at something and you think, ‘How
much is it going to take to get it done?'” Clearly, Cruise is a man of passion, but don’t
even think about criticizing Scientology when he’s around. In 2005, Cruise voiced his Scientology-fueled
feelings on psychiatry. He openly slammed actress Brooke Shields’
use of antidepressant medication to treat her postpartum depression. Then a few weeks later, he appeared on The
Today Show and had a rather intense chat on the subject with Matt Lauer. “I understand there’s abuse of all of these
things.” “No, you see, here’s the problem: You don’t
know the history of psychiatry. I do…The thing that I’m saying about Brooke
is that there’s misinformation. Okay? And she doesn’t understand the history of
psychiatry.” For her part, Shields penned an op-ed in The
New York Times in response to Cruise’s comments. She took umbrage with his claim that vitamins
and exercise could be valid replacements for medication, while noting, “I’m going to take a wild guess and say that
Mr. Cruise has never suffered from postpartum depression.” Cruise’s 2005 interview on The Oprah Winfrey
Show immediately caught the public’s interest thanks to his hyper antics. He blushed profusely when pressed for details
about his blossoming relationship with his future wife Katie Holmes, and he infamously
jumped on the host’s yellow couch. “I can’t be cool, you know what I mean? I can’t be laid back.” Indeed, Cruise was anything but “laid back”
throughout the appearance. “We’ve never seen you behave this way before.” “I know.” When asked if he was getting enough sleep,
Cruise admitted, “No, I’m not.” Much to the in-studio audience’s delight,
Cruise went on to drag Holmes out from the green room. And all these years later, the Internet still
hasn’t forgotten that much-memed couch jump. One of the wilder rumors surrounding Tom Cruise
is that Christian Bale allegedly based his performance as Patrick Bateman in American
Psycho on an interview with Cruise on The Late Show with David Letterman. Mary Harron, who directed the film, told BlackBook
in 2009 how she and Bale discussed how Martian-like Patrick Bateman was. She revealed, “One day [Bale] called me and he had been
watching Tom Cruise on David Letterman, and he just had this very intense friendliness
with nothing behind the eyes, and he was really taken with this energy.” It’s never been confirmed exactly which Late
Show interview Bale saw. Since American Psycho came out in 2000, it’s
possible he caught Cruise’s 1999 appearance, in which the actor burst into hysterical laughter
while regaling the host with a story of the time he had to conserve limited oxygen on
a plane he was piloting by turning off the air supply to the passenger section. “Looking at it from another direction, isn’t
that, isn’t that attempted manslaughter? Just turn a guy’s oxygen off?” In July 2018, comedy writer-director Ryan
Perez tweeted out a screenshot of a magazine interview Tom Cruise had done with Moviebill,
which started the internet’s hilarious debate about whether or not the actor had ever actually
seen a movie. When the publication asked Cruise about his
“most memorable movie going experience,” he replied, “Boy, that’s hard to say because I can basically
look at my whole life in terms of films I’ve seen. To just name one? There’s so, so many films that have been memorable
to me. I love movies. I can remember since I was a little kid, going
to the theater or the drive-in and what it meant to me. When the lights go down and I’m just taken
on a journey, going to places that I didn’t even know existed or different worlds that
I wished were real. Incredible adventures. Drama. Comedy. That’s what I love.” Readers noticed that the one thing Cruise
didn’t do was actually name any of his favorite movies. As a result, ScreenCrush conducted a tongue-in-cheek
investigation to determine if Cruise had, in fact, ever watched a movie. Ultimately, the article concluded that he
had seemingly seen at least some movies during his life, but his seriously evasive Moviebill
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