Forty-fifth installment in a series exploring very important people in my life.
Let me start explaining how this will work: I listed 65 idols of mine. Every Friday (with the exception of those reserved for the Rock Chain posts) I’ll draw one of the names (following a system that it’s really not important to be explained here) and talk about it.
Therefore, the order in which the names will appear doesn’t necessarily shows where they rank in my preference.
As a final introductory note, this is also not a biography article. I’ll just write how I feel about people represented in it, their talent and their importance in my life.
I think every man in the world tends to overlook any other man who is seen by women as beautiful or sex symbol or whatever. It’s automatic: “So and so is the sexiest man alive.” Oh, he’s gay. Oh, he’s just a pretty face, absolutely no talent. It’s some kind of nonconformity, like: Nobody can look that good, and yet have talent.
Paul McCartney is someone who suffered with that, because he was always seen as “the cute Beatle”. So many people who didn’t know The Beatles well, thought he was only there for his good looks and took for granted that in fact, he was by far the best musician in the band.
However, the kind of artist who is plagued the most with that are actors. The moment a good looking guy starts to make successful movies, a lot of guys start to put him down. Tom Cruise had that in spades, especially when he first started.
Thomas Cruise Maphoter IV was born July 3, 1962 in Syracuse (NY). His mother was a special education teacher and his father an electrical engineer. Tom lived in Ottawa (CAN) where in fourth grade he acted on a school play called IT. In 1974, his mother left his father and took the children with her, going to Cincinnati (OH) where Tom went to the seminary on a scholarship and wanted to become a priest.
In total, Tom Cruise studied in 15 schools in 14 years.
He had his chance starring in a small role in Endless Love and a supporting role in Taps. But his big break came with Risky Business and there was no stopping him from them on.
If Risky Business was his big break, then Top Gun turned him into a superstar. And he followed that with The Color Money and Rain Man and a little later The Firm. Are you keeping track of his filmography? Look the film’s this guy starred! It’s almost unbelievable.
As a matter of fact, you’ll be hard pressed to find a bad Tom Cruise movie. I even posted in the blog about it some time ago. He’s a very good actor, but he’s even better choosing scripts to play.
And his talent surprises even great artists. Anne Rice (also a member of the Hall of Idols) says she was not sure about Tom Cruise casted as Lestat on Interview with the Vampire. But afterwards she said she was amazed at how he got the gist of the role perfectly. And if you read the novel, you know that’s not an easy task.
And after Interview, he was again on an unbelievable sequence: Mission:Impossible, Jerry Maguire (one of the best sports movies ever made), Eyes Wide Shut, Magnolia, Mission: Impossible II, Vanilla Sky and Minority Report.
The only bad thing you can say about him is when he switched Nicole Kidman for Penélope Cruz (which is incomprehensible in my mind), but hey, that’s the guy preference.
And for those of you who claim he’s always the good guy, how about Collateral? Was he scary or what?
I could write at least some three more posts about his other great movies: War of the Worlds, Lions for Lambs, One Shot… But I’m signing off just saying: He was Stacee Jaxx on Rock of Ages and he actually sang and impressed even Def Leppard singer Joe Elliot who is known for being kind of cranky. Enough said.
So, Mr. Cruise you don’t need to show me the money to get in the Hall of Idols. Make yourself at home.
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