Sure we can easily dissect his personal life.  And I know he probably irritates many of you.  But guess what?  He is one of the smartest actors out there, and his last film Mission Impossible 4 was a big hit (and pretty good by the way). 

As Harry Callaghan said, “A Man’s Got To Know His Limitations.”  And Tom Cruise clearly knows his. Let’s be honest – he has a limited range of acting abilities.  Can movie-going audiences really see Tom Cruise playing Robert DeNiro’s Jake LaMotta?  Or Daniel Day-Lewis’ Bill the Butcher?  Or Sean Penn’s Harvey Milk?  Of course not. 

So what does he do instead?  He surrounds himself with the best filmmakers in the world and provides consistently decent acting performances and even occasionally a noteworthy performance or two. 

Look at this list of first-class directors: Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Michael Mann, Brian DePalma, Francis Ford Coppola, Ridley Scott, Oliver Stone, Barry Levinson. 

Even more notable directors: Tony Scott, Rob Reiner, Ron Howard, Sydney Pollack, Neil Jordan, Cameron Crowe, Paul Thomas Anderson, John Woo, Ed Zwick, JJ Abrams and Robert Redford. 

I can’t think of a single actor in the last 30 years that comes anywhere close to working with this level of talent! 

As a result, he has been nominated three times for the Oscar (Born on the Fourth of July, Jerry Maguire and Magnolia).  And he has starred in the Best Picture Rain Man as well as Best Picture nominees Born on the 4th of July, A Few Good Men and Jerry Maguire.

Sure those films are now more than a decade old.  And sure he’s been nominated for a Razzie (or two or three).  But throw in a little Les Grossman, a little MI4 and give the man some credit!  When given the lemons of limited acting range, he’s made lemonade squeezing out a pretty impressive film resume. 

Are you guys coming around?  I’m not saying you have to love the man or his movies.  But at least give the guy some respect.  What say you Cruise Haters???

One Response to Tom Cruise: Crazy like a fox…or just plain crazy?

  1. John says:

    Tom Cruise became known after his roles in “The Outsiders,” “All the Right Moves,” and “Risky Business.” But the role that made him a super star was “Top Gun.”

    Some other thoughts on your post:
    – Les Grossman is getting taken too far, he was amazing in “Tropic Thunder” but does it really merit its own movie?

    -Frank T.J. Mackey is one of the best Cruise roles ever – it is tragic, but somehow makes me laugh?

    – Amazing insight on the directors, I don’t know if anyone can claim such a stable of talent in the chair?

    – Maybe he does know his limits, he himself has never tried to sit in the directors chair?

    -His role in “The Color of Money” is underrated – even if the role was just “be yourself” he was awesome in it.

    – I am not a Cruise hater, quite the opposite – so I am probably part of the choir you are preaching to. I hope to hear some of the critics here.

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