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Playboy Interview: Tom Cruise
  • June 29, 2012 : 15:06
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For 20 years Tom Cruise was the closest thing to a sure bet Hollywood had, shining on-screen and endearing himself to studios by working as hard promoting his films as he did making them. He surrounded himself with great filmmakers, including Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg and Michael Mann, and stood toe-to-toe with such vets as Jack Nicholson, Paul Newman and Dustin Hoffman. His movies have grossed well over $7 billion, earning him hundreds of millions of dollars.

While not surprising that Cruise’s firm grip on the leading-man crown would eventually loosen, it was shocking that he caused it to happen himself with several ill-advised TV appearances. He got into a testy encounter with Today’s Matt Lauer. There to promote his film War of the Worlds, Cruise appeared to get on a soapbox for his religion, Scientology. Consistent with the teachings of his faith, he showed disdain for psychiatry and made aggressive statements about the perils of prescription drugs such as the antidepressant Paxil and the ADHD medication Ritalin. That followed a couch-jumping appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, a display of his exuberance for his future wife, actress Katie Holmes. Cruise was suddenly in real trouble. Never mind that other actors had endured true scandals and been largely given a pass; Cruise was forced to pay. His long-standing producing deal at Paramount Pictures was not renewed, and chairman Sumner Redstone publicly mentioned Cruise’s behavior as a prime reason. He also became fodder for parody on South Park and other shows and in Scary Movie 4. With partner Paula Wagner, Cruise moved on and raised more than $500 million to take over United Artists, but that eventually fizzled.

Although Cruise had been on top a long time, he was no stranger to finding a way around adversity. He grew up without money, raised by his mother (his father was absent after a divorce and died in 1984). Cruise was a scrappy kid who worked to help his mother and sisters as they moved from city to city. That meant continually starting over in schools, a situation not helped by his dyslexia.

As he nears 50, Cruise has put his temporary career crisis in the rearview mirror and is once again among the handful of stars whose participation gets a movie made. Seven years after being on the precipice, Cruise is coming off the biggest box office hit of his career in Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol, a crowd-pleasing film he also produced. It reunited him with Redstone’s Paramount Pictures, for which he just completed One Shot, an adaptation of Lee Child’s popular novel built around Jack Reacher. Cruise continues to take calculated risks: In the books, Reacher is a six-foot-five, 250-pound mass of muscle who towers over the bad guys and tears them apart bare-handed. Cruise is about five-foot-seven and maybe 160 pounds.

In Rock of Ages, which comes out this summer, he plays a decadent 1980s rock icon named Stacee Jaxx. It’s the first movie in which he sings.

To catch up with Cruise, playboy sent Michael Fleming to the Baton Rouge set of Oblivion, a postapocalyptic sci-fi thriller that was just getting under way. Fleming reports: “For all the adversity he endured the past half decade, I’m not sure I’ve ever met an actor who seems as content and comfortable in his own skin as Cruise. Despite the media fixation on his life, the industry has always loved his work ethic, and his fan base is still there. His life is a lot simpler than many might imagine. He works hard and keeps his family, including his mother and sisters, close to his side. He dotes on wife Katie and his children, Bella and Connor (from his marriage to Nicole Kidman) and Suri, his daughter with Holmes. Cruise flashes his trademark smile often as he talks about what seems like a great life, but he has also learned a lot in the past few years as he rescued his own career.”


PLAYBOY: You turn 50 on July 3. It’s a time most men are battling a gut, getting colonoscopies, losing their hair and monitoring their blood pressure. How is it you look about half your age?

CRUISE: I honestly have no idea. [laughs] I work. I’m always with family. I train, go without sleep. I just go hard.

PLAYBOY: You’re not wrinkling up like a lot of your peers. Have you had, or would you get, cosmetic surgery?

CRUISE: I haven’t, and I never would.

PLAYBOY: What does this dubious milestone mean to you?

CRUISE: When I made Taps, really my first film experience, I remember lying at night in the hotel room, thinking, I love this so much. I’d wanted it since I was four, and there I was, thinking that if I did my best on Taps, maybe I could do this for the rest of my life. Turning 50, when I’m still doing this, is okay. On July 3 I’ll be in Iceland, filming on my birthday. My family, my wife, they understand. It’s who I am. I’ve spent many birthdays on a movie set, all great days.

PLAYBOY: What have you learned that you didn’t know 20 years ago?

CRUISE: I’ve always had the same values. Family for me has always been important. When I shoot, everybody comes. When Kate’s shooting, I’m there with her and the kids. We’re always together. I’m always around my mother and sisters. I always wanted to be a father, a husband. And I’ve always had a work ethic. I’ve had paying jobs since I was about eight years old—cutting grass, raking leaves, paper routes, selling Easter cards and Christmas cards.

PLAYBOY: Door-to-door?

CRUISE: I went door-to-door in Canada and Kentucky. I was basically raised by women, and my mom at a certain point was paying for everything. We all had to pitch in. So work to me is important.

PLAYBOY: Where was your father?

CRUISE: He was mostly working, and then they got divorced. We moved a lot, and early on it was because he moved from job to job.

PLAYBOY: How did growing up with an absent father inform who you’ve become?

CRUISE: It wasn’t a big conflict when I was growing up; that’s just the way it was. I don’t look back and feel bad. I know some people do, but it’s not a burden I carry through life. It’s more like, Okay, this happened. That’s how he behaved, that’s how he did things. He tried, but it just was who he was. Traveling has given me a broader understanding of people, and I’ve always been interested in the similarities we have and why people make certain choices in life. I got an introduction to that as a young child, but it never felt like a weight I carried on my shoulders.

PLAYBOY: How much of a hardship was it to have your mother supporting the family?

CRUISE: We were better off than a lot and not as well off as others. For me, it was more basic. Like, if I wanted to go to the movies as many times as I wanted to go, I had to find money to pay for it. I learned to go get things. And we moved around a lot.

PLAYBOY: That’s got to be tough on a kid.

CRUISE: I liked going to a new place. I’ll never forget, there was a cardboard box they’d put in my room. You pack your stuff up, everything goes in the car and off we go.

PLAYBOY: Was it jarring to leave school and friends and start over?

CRUISE: I found it adventurous. Did it bring challenges? Yeah. You’re always the new kid, with the wrong accent, the wrong shoes. You learn about people and yourself and how to deal with what was not always a safe environment. You had to figure it out. That is what life’s about, change and solving problems and living it. My mother worked three jobs, but she’s a woman for whom the cup is always half full. I wanted to help her and my sisters.

PLAYBOY: What else did you do with your money?

CRUISE: From as early as I can remember, I wanted to ride motorcycles and race cars. I wanted to do jumps and stunts. Every birthday I wanted only a motorcycle. By the time I was 12, I’d bought my own.

PLAYBOY: How rough is the motorcycle learning curve for a 12-year-old?

CRUISE: Very. [laughs] No one taught me. I crashed a lot, because I like to go fast. I used to do other stuff. We were living in Canada and I liked gymnastics. I would do flips off the roof. I’d climb to the highest part and see how many flips I could do before I hit the snowbank. I’d do one flip, and I’d wonder, Can I get two? [laughs]

PLAYBOY: So you were that guy.

CRUISE: I was that guy. I used to like to do stuff to show my sisters. They were always like, “Tommy, you’re going to kill yourself, and then Mom’s going to kill you.” I’d be doing flips and the neighborhood kids would come over and look. Then I tried a double and got through only one and a half before I missed the snowbank, landed on the sidewalk and broke my ankle. I was like, “Aghhh!” I crawled to the bedroom. I’ve broken my leg, my nose.

PLAYBOY: How’d you break your nose?

CRUISE: The first time, I got hit by a fastball. Another time, I got hit with a baseball bat by accident. Then I rejarred it on a motorcycle. No one thought about helmets or pads back then. When I was 18, on the set of Taps, I met the stunt guys. I was like, “You train for stuff like this?” Back in the day there were no videos of this stuff. I’d create ramps to try to jump over garbage cans on my bike, figuring it out on my own. When I was five years old, I’d climb the tallest tree possible, get to the top so when the wind was blowing I’d hang on as the branch swayed back and forth. Then, can I go from this tree and get to that tree?

PLAYBOY: Aside from broken bones, what did you get out of all this?

CRUISE: I learned that even in times that were challenging, you have a choice whether to let problems overwhelm you. When you’re going to new schools, you’re confronted by different things, but you always have a choice, and mine was to learn to handle it.

PLAYBOY: How does this translate to doing your own stunts in movies?

CRUISE: I train pretty hard. For The Last Samurai I spent a year training six hours a day, seven days a week to be able to handle a sword and do it on uneven terrain, because I didn’t want to blow my knees out. You’ve got to build the body up for impact. I remember trying to put my shirt on at one point and couldn’t because my forearms had gotten so big. It was the same with Rock of Ages—five hours a day learning to sing, three hours a day dancing.

PLAYBOY: Did you know you could sing before you took on Rock of Ages?

CRUISE: I knew I could hold a note. I sang in a glee club when I was 14 years old and in a high school musical. But I never had a singing lesson. No one ever taught me how to use my voice.

PLAYBOY: You had help from Axl Rose’s vocal coach. How do you develop an arena voice?

CRUISE: He was an opera singer who taught me how to control my voice. It’s like learning a new sport or a skill for a character. I had to find out how to move air through the vocal cords and where to place it in my head, in the chest. It’s something you have to do every day to strengthen your voice.

PLAYBOY: After singing 1980s rock anthems in front of a wild crowd in Rock of Ages, is it more fun to be Tom Cruise or Bruce Springsteen?

CRUISE: For Bruce, I’m sure it’s more fun to be Bruce. I like being me because making movies is all I ever wanted to do. But when I look at Bono, Springsteen, Bon Jovi or Axl Rose and hear the songs they wrote and how they perform them and the life they have, I have a greater appreciation. It takes so much work to get to that level.

PLAYBOY: The first song you sang in front of a crowd was “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” with Def Leppard there, watching you. Pressure?

CRUISE: Yes. [laughs]

PLAYBOY: Director Adam Shankman said they were eager to abuse you, but you ruined it by nailing the song.

CRUISE: I was down in Miami, recording different songs, and Adam called and said, “Def Leppard’s coming by the set.” I said, “Man, that’s cool.” Then I paused. “Wait, I’m rehearsing their song tomorrow.” And he’s like, “Yeah!” [laughs] So we started right in the deep end, and that was the first scene I shot in the movie. It’s a great song, and I grew up listening to them. They went to the back of the Bourbon Room, and I looked at my band and was like, “Hit it.” All the crew was watching them watching me.

PLAYBOY: So what did they say?

CRUISE: Well, the lead singer, Joe Elliott, points at me and goes, “Fuck you! Fuck you!” Then I saw big smiles on their faces, and I realized I’d gotten their stamp. It was a very cool moment. It was important they knew I was honoring their music and not making fun of them.

PLAYBOY: It’s hard to take your character that seriously. He’s prone to theatrics, and his only real friend is a baboon.

CRUISE: He’s a slave to rock and roll. When he’s onstage, he gives it everything. Off it, he’s looking for soulful moments in odd ways, and that’s where the comedy comes in. We had this sweet love song, “I Want to Know What Love Is,” and I’m falling in love with this girl. But it’s a sex scene, and that’s where it has to be funny, because it’s rock and roll. I read all this stuff about Led Zeppelin, the Stones, Axl Rose, Motley Crue and the groupies. My character has them, but suddenly there’s this sweet scene that changes everything. If it works, people will laugh and it’ll be emotional. This hard-rock guy is singing this romantic duet, falling in love with this woman. But since it’s rock and roll, he’s singing most of it to her backside.

PLAYBOY: On the other side of the spectrum, those scenes you shot running and jumping 124 floors up that Dubai skyscraper in Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol were impressive. Knowing it was you dangling by a cable, it was so——

CRUISE: It’s high. [laughs] Yes, it’s high. I always wanted to do something like that. It was one of those times I could build myself up to it physically, train and push myself, and have it fit the story and the character. We spent months figuring it out.

PLAYBOY: No matter how much planning, you have to get out there and look down. Way down.

CRUISE: Yes. [laughs]

PLAYBOY: You could have done it from the second floor, and they also have computers and stuntmen.

CRUISE: But it wouldn’t have looked the same. As great as visual effects are, it just would not have been the same experience for the audience—especially when my director, Brad Bird, said he wanted to shoot in Imax, which I was so damn excited about. I started thinking of -Harold Lloyd dangling from the clock, and Buster Keaton, when you feel the danger. And look, if I’m at the third or the second floor, a fall will kill me anyway. [laughs] I might as well be on the 124th floor. At a certain point the height was the least of the challenges.

PLAYBOY: After a rough couple of years when some questioned your viability as a leading man, Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol grossed more money than any other film you’ve ever made. What did that mean to you?

CRUISE: I’ve always just wanted to make the movies I wanted to make, see studios make money so they’d let me do it again and see an audience enjoy it. I’ve tried to keep my head down and just do good work.

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  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Mr. Cruise wants to be viewed as the ordinary guy, with nothing to prove. Well, Tom, the ordinary guy doesn't turn flips in airplanes, scale 124 story buildings, blow up things, and always get the girl. So, your reality is never going to be the reality of the ordinary guy because you are extraordinary. I love all your movies, even the stinkers like Valkyrie, because you are so committed to the characters you play. And a natural, who can convince me that you're an innocent teenager being seduced by a beautiful prostitute, the selfish and spoiled older brother of an autistic man, the flippant yet brilliant naval attorney that took down Jack Nicholson, the reluctant boyfriend-husband-stepfather sports agent that stole the pooty, and a samurai...and so many others. I don't care what you do in your personal life, just like you don't care what I do in mine. I watch you because you are entertaining. And if I know too much about your personal life, it's hard for me to be entertained by you, so I don't buy magazines that print derogatory subject matter about entertainers. That's not news. It's crap read by the families of entertainers, and it's purpose is to injure. This interview, on the other hand, was useful to me as an insight into a hard working and multi-talented superstar. Very inspirational. I don't care if it was scripted, or planned. Jump on a sofa like a happy human, I'll still watch your films Tom, until you're too old to jump on a sofa. Keep on smiling. You are beautiful.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    What a breath of fresh air. And at the same time what an underhanded and cold hearted thing to do re: KH and the divorce filing. That being said, I have no doubt that he will learn from this too. He will. I wish no ill will to KH but really her actions will create a karma for her that I wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of. One thing I have noticed about 'big stars'. They all seem to have a great deal of graciousness and kindness. When you get to read their words and there is no twisting of facts and adding of lies and stuff, they are the most pleasant yet astounding beings. Thank you Playboy for this interview. It's miles above anything any other magazine has written about him and makes me want to get a subscription. There is one more thing I'd like to say about possible future choices in mates for Mr. Cruise. I think he should find a nice Black or Hispanic lady. We have a different way of treating a man like him. Now this is a generality for sure because I do know of some wack jobs that are Black and Hispanic but... there seems to be more chill partners-- for example: Matt Damon's wife; Matthew McConnahey's new wife; Robert DeNiro's wife; Will Smith's wife, Jada and there are others. Somehow the White women aren't the right fit. Oh and this person must me a Scientologist and not connected with people who don't respect his religion. That, I think would be a MUST. He deserves to find someone who can keep up with him and who has a high level of communication and will be loyal and faithful. He deserves that and he would appreciate someone like that enormously. 'nuff said. Songbird
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Oh my god-Tom cruise can just do any thing can't he!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Thank you, Tom Cruise. You are amazing. I love you and I always will.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I have always been a fan, ever since I first saw Risky Business and Rain Man. Every movie I've seen him in he has always given his all! He seems truly genuine, and is one of my absolute favorites!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Ok, I'm feeling more respect for him now. Heartfelt apologies go a long way.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Always been one of my favorite actors. For his films, generosity and work ethic. I don't understand all the hate. I may not understand what he believes in since I am not religious and believe it is like he said up to the individual to find their way and truth but still if it helps him climb over obstacles and liberates him from the stresses of today all the more power to him. I just recently watched War of the Worlds/Minority Report again and thought to myself how good Tom Cruise is at acting. I hope him and Spielberg make another movie soon. Great interview!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Haters will always find something to complain about. I LOVE TOM and have always admired him and his work ethic. He is one of the few that haven't let the hollywood lifestlye effect him. He makes great movies!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I gotta hand it to the guy. He's survived 30 something years an in impossible industry. He's also, unlike many another star, been involved with scandals. He seems like a great father and family man. Much respect, bro. He's learned how to fly, race, scale buildings and seems to work his ass off to be the best at what he does. I couldn't care less about his personal life, but his professional life inspires.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Tom Cruise has survived the wildest accusations and rumors. I admire him for standing up for his beliefs and what he sees right.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I have always been a fan, ever since I first saw Risky Business and Rain Man. Every movie I've seen him in he has always given his all! He seems truly genuine, and is one of my absolute favorites!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Great actor, great guy!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    He seems larger than life in his flicks, but reading what he says I can see he's the kind of guy I'd want to hang with - 124 floors above the desert or just shooting pool. A good guy. A winner. More power to him.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    This is a very well written interview. Got to know the man better. Why some people really need to know the deepest problem between him and Nicole or Katie. Every married people has faults on their relationship, there's two side of the coins, does any of this wifes came out to speak their mind (this interview before Katie divorced him). We all do make mistake, who are we to judge. He comes a long way where he is today. You are judge by the people you associated with, hope one day he will turn around and back being a catholic for the sake of his child.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    the playboy nterview with tom cruise was interesting and he is a remarkable man
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Tom and Katie are adorable as a team. Tom sets the bar pretty high for all those guys out there. Good to his Mom, sisters, wife and kids as well takes it all in stride when others try to take him apart for sharing HIS opinions. He is a fully rounded out person who does not use drugs to be happy this is something that is rare and honesty has a lot to do with his mental and physical focus. He is on TOP of his life in all aspects. I am inspired by his actions and how he leads his life. This article inspired me and I am a female who DOES NOT read Playboy:)
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOM!!!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Theres been a few of Cruises movies that ive enjoy but I cant say ive been a swooning diehard fan however.... I thought this was the most open candid expression i've ever seen from the actor, and in the process gave me a glimpse of much more than the media's take on things since the couch jumping thing took on a life of it's own. All the wacky scientology stuff aside, i realize this wont be a popular opinion and im sure someone will come up with some less then witty (or civil come backs) but i feel sorry for him as a man, a husband a father. He was obviously "in love", still, with KH and being blindsided with a divorce filing while out of the country and all the lies that had to be told to make that and the moving out possible before he came home, just as a human being has to hurt your heart. Considering the underhandedness of it all, I have to give him credit where credit is due. Financially he could have kept this in court till suri was 18 if he wanted, we all know that, but it takes restraint , understanding and compassion when your angry, hurting and have the ability to lash out at your ex....but you choose not to for the sake of your children. Personally ive always liked Katie, but im dissapointed in her choices, from how she set things up for their split & divorce. Forget what their personal beliefs are, it lacked integrity. For the sake of the child they have together and that conner and bella considered her their "mom" for the past 8 years, for the mans wallet who opened doors for her that never would have been, clothing line etc, it shows a callous disregard for everyone but her and her own. Cruise may have his issues, but i thought Holmes had more integrity and common decency than the past weeks have shown other wise. And Cruise has shown a depth of character that few have afforded him since they wed 5 plus years ago.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    No one delivers better than Tom Cruise.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Seems to me Cruise is very comfortable in his own skin and enjoys being who he is. I think if he is happy with who he is at the end of the day then its a good thing for him. He has done well as an actor and has brought some very entertaining movies to screen. Everyone's beliefs are personal, as long as he keeps his beliefs to himself, who are we to judge him as he should not judge us. Besides his marriage should be personal also. Katie is not a child, she knew what she was getting into. So crying 6 years later is not going to help her sadly! Cause no one forced her to do anything. She was an adult and she made her choices. Enough said :) As far as Cruise is concerned, he might not be the most normal of the humans out there but then who is normal and what is normal anymore??
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I hope to God that Cruise will be brave enough never to do botox etc... in my eyes he will get more and more charismatic in the cool way from now on - witch is not possible with botox....
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Really good interview. I really admire Tom Cruise. Diappointed about his disapproval in psyshatry and priscription medication. But if he had a child that developed a psyshotic eposide in the middle of the night, was hospilised and then became catatonic and wouldnt eat or drink to the point where it was dangerous, what would he do. As a parent all you want is your child to get better. Yes my boy is better but he is on pricription medication probably for the rest of his life. What price do you put on this. I hate drugs. I have no choice and either does he. I also have a mental illness thats another story and a good one too. My daughter says i should write a book it would probably be a best seller. Our story would also make a great movie.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I <3 you tom cruise :)
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I love him all over again!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Tom is number 1 in everything he does & I Respect him for that. He is a hero in life too, not just in moovies.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Truly inspirational interview! Critic or fan--I think anyone will walk away from reading this interview that will encourage them in some fashion to do better in some area of their life.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    He always does a great interview. I truly do like him. It's unfortunate that the media doesn't really allow for anything meaningful to be said without it going viral and being misunderstood.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Hold on Tom. Everything will be alright.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I am a big fan of Tom Cruise and Mi4 is one of his best movies. Tom Cruise is a beautifull person and he inspired me in many different ways. I can't help but love him.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Read Janet Reitman's book 'INSIDE SCIENTOLOGY'. It is really sad how Tom Cruise got duped by David Miscavaige, leader of the Church of Scientology. He may get really upset when he finds out the truth. Tom Cruise is a good man. Bless him and his family.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    What an amazing guy! He sure lives with intensity—and honesty. He's got some great advice for life here.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    He's backtracking to cover his own ass. The real Tom Cruise is the guy who belittled Matt Lauer. This Tom is just full of BS. Saying what he knows he has to if he wants people to think he's not a nut.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    He's a douche until he renounces scientology
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I just love him! He is the actor of our time!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Cruise’s a salesman, and what he’s selling us right now is not particularly funny or even entertaining, worse, it’s getting kind of frustrating. It gives you the feeling of being half invited into his house, like you can come but "no" you can’t come. Cruise should come clean about Kidman’s breakup before giving away more private stuff. He's not believable, that's why people are giving him such a hard time. 'Cause we’re entitled to the “I love her so much because of this and that” but not the “she can’t be with me, or me with her, because of that or this.” Not that what he's saying is anything special, it's so generic it could be said about a book or the president ("she's so original (what, Kidman wasn't?), and special and bliblu and blibla and she sees every day with a brand new light (like, he forgets to mention, I'm gonna divorce my husband today while he's talking to Playboy about how wonderful I am" Yep, he's right, she's a true spirit that woman!!! => God I finally found something funny about this !!! (this could be SNL material!!!)). So, basically, Cruise, if you’re gonna share, share it all. We’re not stupid. Thank’s for asking.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    This was very nice interview, one of the best that I've ever read. Tom Cruise is a fantastic actor and a very good person. There is nothing fake about him. I'm not a scientologist, but if someone belives in spirituality, or in something else, whatever it might be, I dont find something wrong with that and personally I would never judje someone because of his beliefs. I respect him has an artist and has a person and I think that he deserves to find his own happiness. If not with Katie, then with other woman, who will hopefully understand him a little bit more as a person. Katie holmes is a wonderfull actress, but they are very different in their way of thinking. I think that jelosy might be a problem and i wish that people would leave him alone because what he does in his personal life is his own business and he has the right for privesy as well as any other person, and he has the right to eat, drink and sleep as the rest of humanity. I loved him in "Rain Man", he was wonderfull in "Cocktail" and I'll never forget "Top Gun". I loved him in "War of the Worlds", in "Vanilla Sky" (with Penelope Cruz and Camaron Dias), in "Knight and Day" (with Camaron Dias as well). My favorit movie is "The Last Samorai". This film is just beautifull and I love it. I love all his movies very much. You are beautifull, Tom, in every sence of this word. I love you. I want to see more wonderfull movies made by you. Dont listen to the stuped things that they wright about you. Carry on!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Tom you will outlast them all. I have always admired your work ethic. That's why I enjoyed your movies, it was obvious you gave everything you had into your characters and the storyline and as a result it brought the character to life. I've never seen a bad movie that you've done. I have watched your movies since you first appeared in show business. I salute you!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Well, Tom may be happy but Katie apparently isn't, since she filed for divorce almost immediately after this interview.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    If there were more people in this world like Tom Cruise and less of those who nit pick to find something about him to criticize, it would be a wonderful place. Keep at it Tom - you are perfect.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Tom said, "So if someone judges me harshly, it’s okay. I don’t even judge them harshly for doing it." I think that is a pretty classy thing to say.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    i love you tom,i just love you so much.i enjoyed your interview.you are very honest.i got to learn a lot of things about you after going through this interview.you are very decent and gentle.i love you.-saheli,india
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I'm going to take a guess and assume these comments are moderated, right? If not, then I'm the only one who thinks this cat is out of his mind.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Tom Cruise is just a great actor! I cant wait to see him in his next movie. :)
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Tom is and has been my favorite movie star since Risky Business. After 30 years in the business and, in my mind, the biggest box-office sensation in history, he should be the first billionaire actor. With all the profit-participation and off-the-top gross percentages that even Brooke Shields received in the 80's, why isn't Cruise walking amongst the billionaires. If we can have billionaire directors like Steven Spielberg and billionaire producers like George Lucas, then, after 30 years at the top, my main man Tom Cruise should have a hidden billion somewhere to call his own!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Scientology is the best ever thing one could have ever discovered. Thank you, Tom Cruise!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    It is wonderful to see another actor in Hollywood set a great example. Tired of the excessive partying, rehab stories that set the tone for aspiring actors. Tom is in this for the challenge, to learn things about people and life and to entertain his audience. Cheers to you, sir!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    What a great interview and what a great man. He deserves the good things he has. I know his mother but didn't know how she made it go right to raise her children on her own and she got great results.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Tom Cruise, you'r still number one. I wish you all the best and good luck!!!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Tom, you are amazing.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Tom cruise is singing very good in his new movie !!!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I was 11 years old when I've seen "Rain Man" in the first time and I fell in love with Tom Cruise since the first time that I've seen him on the TV screen. I am a fan of Tom Cruise since then. My favorite movie was "Cocktail", now it's "Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol".
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Nation of Islam beware scientologists bearing gifts! Scientologists are taught to call all non-scientologists 'wogs', an outdated (because it is so offensive) British slang term for people with dark skin. Hubbard made his opinion of various minorities - racial, religious, etc abundantly clear in his lectures. And the church of Scientology is a fundamentalist religion, ie they follow and obey and duplicate in their thought all of Hubbard's sayings and writings.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Nice interview. I've learned a lot from Tom Cruise thrue the years. He inspired me in many different ways. He is one of my greatest teachers.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I like your thinking and I identify with you in many ways, i.e. I too like a challenge, and I take everything that life offers as lessons to be learned; I too love my job and so I think I'm lucky I can do what I like, but I also think that luck is there for everyone - you just need to know how to bring luck into your life...
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    What a great interview. They really go deep about so many aspects of his life. Here you have an interesting man!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I feel inspired by a great soul. Will keep looking forward to more movies Tom creates and wish him and his family great togetherness.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I wish I was Katie Holmes!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I love Tom Cruise very very much.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    The "Church" of Scientology breaks up families, empties bank accounts, runs a prison gulag, brainwashes and abuses vulnerable adherents, and stalks and brutally harasses critics and ex-members. Mr. Cruise's continual support for this criminal organization, his unthinking shilling for this creepy cult, is something he hasn't as of yet taken any responsibility for at all. I'll be feeling a little more of that "respect" when he wakes up, does some real research and calls them out on the hideous damage they've done over the years, and continues to do today.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    It seems that many movie stars’ reach a point in their career and say they ‘have made it’. Instead of saying he 'has made it', Tom Cruise is redefining the notion at the age of 50 and is still making his movies better and more exciting than any of his competition. He has acted his way to super-stardom through an illustrious career while picking up some strong positive beliefs to live by along the way. To be sure, Cruise has experienced ups and downs through the years, but undoubtedly has grown from each occurrence becoming a better person. Someone as devoted to his immediate family and extended family, while maintaining the work ethic of an individual still trying to make it in the movie industry is truly something special that we as viewers often don’t get to see with someone who has experienced so much success on the silver screen.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    A very true portrait of a classy, hard-working and all-around respectable guy. Love his movies but now I love the man even more!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Everything Cruise says in this interview must now be looked at through the prism of Katie Holmes surprising him by filing for divorce. Scientology is sure to be scrutinized as the child custody battle plays out.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I enjoy listening to Tom Cruise talk about his approach to challenges. He clearly enjoys them and it's instructive to see his approach. He might try motivational speaking sometime if he ever gets bored (not likely).
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    That guy is amazing. I prefer my simple laid-back life, though... or maybe I'm just jealous :)
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I have just read this interview. I did not even know he had done this interview. I happened upon it when reading the news of his pending divorce. I am so sorry to hear about that. I have always enjoyed Tom Cruise and his movies. He is very talented and I'm so blessed to have grown up watching his movies. Continue being the wonderful actor, father, brother, son and friend that you are!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Considering that Playboy is known for its hard-hitting journalism in exposing the Scientology corporation for how it abuses and defrauds its members, and how it shudders its critics into silence, this was a pretty disappointing piece of fluff.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    What a well scripted, brown nosine, PR puff piece.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    i like your life principle Tom, don't sweat the small stuffs. Keep going no matter what, hope in the very near future you'll turn around and find the path of happiness.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Tom Cruise had the power to help a lot of people, mainly by admitting Scientology is abusive... and helping,,,, not defending a cult
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    A man of integrity in every which way. Good on you, and carry on...as long as Tom makes movies there will be great entertainment. Ghost Protocol was definitely one of the best. But I've been a fan since Top Gun which I easily watched 10 times.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Very good interview, amazing man, the best actor ever. I love him and he means so mutch to me... Thank you Tom Cruise!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    So worth staying up past my bedtime! Tom ROCKS - what an inspiration! Thanks Man!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    you are just so awesome!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Tom Cruise is and will always be one of the best in the industry. He just has some sort of gravitational pull that makes him seem... I don't even know. Good, I guess? He'll always be one of my favorite actors. Great interview, Playboy. This was the only reason I came on this site in the first place... ~ Sammy
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I'm really impressed by this interview. He answered really tough questions very well. I really give Tom a lot of credit. Too many people criticize him for who they think he is or what they think he stands for, but when push comes to shove he is a good person with strong family values and an incredible work ethic making him one of the most underrated actors in a cutthroat industry. I have been a fan of his work from the beginning of his career and I have never been disappointed and can’t wait to see his new film Rock of Ages.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I have to agree with Anonymous #1: Playboy has never shied away from hard-hitting journalism and this puff piece about the No. 2 guy of the cult of Scientology is disturbing and disappointing. I'm a victim of Scientology's policy of fairgame because I am a critic of the controversial organization's human rights abuses especially within the Sea Organization. Shame on Playboy for this interview.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    This guy is so focused it's scary, but that's what makes him more amazing as a person and as an actor. He's driven and ambitious and he knows what to do in situations where he totally screwed up. I like his attitude. I wish there were more actors like him, minus the pontificating of his religion.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    So not only can the dude act his ass off he can actually sing pretty well too. Is there anything this man can't do? Doubt it.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Tom is the man. True example of a determined individual. Thanks for this great and insightful article.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Lmao it's so funny reading this now that him and katie holmes are divorcing
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE FEEL THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW ANY CELEBRITIES PRIVATE LIFE. I DON'T GIVE A RATS BEHIND ABOUT THE LOVE LIFE OF TOM CRUISE. He is handsome, well built, intelligent, articulate and a great fantasy for women. His movies are most extremely entertaining. If you don't like him then don't watch. Yes I wish he married better women, suited to more of what he is like BUT I would never want him or anyone else taking a magnifying glass to my life and mistakes. Tom is the the poster boy of how to enjoy life and deal with adversity. Go for it big guy! I too was surprised Tom doing Jack Reacher, having voraciously read all the Child's books but I can not wait to see how Tom does in it. Maybe the critics should turn around and look behind them.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Tom Cruise said that he respects the belives of other people, and I adore him for that. I think that people should respect the belives of others, even if they don't always agree with them. It's not right to luff at someone's face becouse of his belives, and personaly I woul'd never do that. I do understand Tom's way of thinking, and I think that this is a very nice interview. I'm not a scientologist, but it was interesting to read about it. I realy do think that someone can choose if he wants to belive in something or not, and if someone is a scientologist, it's his right. If a person belives in destiny, or in something else, whatever it might be, it's his right as well.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Tom, Good for you for taking responsibility , taking a hard look and deciding, “This is the way it’s going to go from now on. Here is the line.”
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Pretty interesting but a little dull and repetitive. Not enough juicy questions for a Playboy interview. This was more like an Oprah interview.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    My favorite scene was the rock and roll dance from "Risky Business." Production is the basis of morale.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Interesting stuff, thanks!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    . Tom is the best actor of our time.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    How anyone can come away from this interview without a new found respect for Tom Cruise is impossible. As a women, the way he talks about Katie is so touching and so heartfelt. What he says and feels for her is what every women in the world wants in a relationship! I don't care if you agree wtih his religion or the way he lives, you have to admire his dedication to the people he loves.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    it's awesome to see a side of tom that is never talked about: his realness. his openness. he has proven that he is not only a regular guy but a great one. i hope he will be like kirk douglas and work until he is an oldie. you can't read this and think that he is psycho, brainwashed or even a bad guy. i'll always remember him shaking behind the bar in cocktail and flying the plane in top gun. the day he starts making horrible movies is when i'll re-think my opinion of him. i can't wait for rock of ages!!! ROCK ON!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Tom, you are a true hero - not only on the silverscreen - but in live too!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Tom Cruise is a great actor and I can't wait to go to see his new movie!!!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    KATIE, COME BACK TO HIM!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I think that Katie will come back to Tom Cruise.
  • Brandon Lai
    Brandon Lai
    What the hell? He just had a Playboy interview on January 1990. He cannot have a double Playboy interview. It's just not right.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Great article on Tom, playboy. However, I don't think Tom sounds very sincere. In previous interviews, I think Tom was more candid on his troubled relationship with his father and how it affected him. Anyways, Tom is an exceptional salesman. I know understand why Katie was attracted to him. Having said that, Tom still comes off a bit creepy, like a robot with a one track mind to "win" at everything at all cost. Kudos to Katie for taking Suri away from Scientology's most ardent believer and cult follower.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    i think all these comments were from scientologist kissing toms ass. without tom the &quot;church&quot; would be dead. these are so fake
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Real-life badass genuine Gent!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    so humble, ever-so-magnanimous nd a charming gentleman
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I respect Tom Cruise and his views on life and filmmaking, I am a filmmaker and can attest to the fact that on set he truly is respected for not only his work, but his dedication to the craft. Its very apparent that everything begins with respect and understanding in all facets of Toms life. Shortly after this interview his wife Katie filed for divorce. It would have been interesting to hear his take on his impending divorce and separation. I think he would handle it as level headed and mature as hes handled everything else in his life. Here's to you Tom!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Katie, come back to Tom!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Great article .. what a decent guy. someone who cares for his family and career.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Tom and his family are exceptional people. I love his level of responsibility and action when he encounteres problems. We are fortunate to have him on our team.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Sorry to hear about Katie leaving. I am sad to hear it. But your being a great father will continue as will your wonderful films. I admire you and I am inspired by you. Keep it up! Go Tom!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Tom Cruise is a wonderfull guy, very honnest man and a great actor. I love him very mutch.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Wow, this is a GREAT interview. i understand Tom more now, and I appreciate that because he hasn't said a lot in the last few years that I'm aware of. I'm looking forward to Rock of Ages. I hope the majority recognize and acknowledge Tom for being a person with some real, very positive values.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Mr Cruise is a pretty impressive guy, at times people have got on him for trivial things, like it said in the article he has always handled himself with class. Other could learn from watching Mr Cruise and model after how he handles himself.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Really he trained six hours a day for a full year to learn how to use a sword? C'mon Tom quit exaggerating. I do not doubt that you trained hard but don't make stuff up.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Great interview! Tom is the best. Can't wait for his next movies.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    You inspire me do much. You don't even know! I will ALWAYS support you.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Tom, happy birthday!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Tom Cruise is a man with the head way above the skys and with the feets on the ground. I salute you Tom for your courage and determination to stand your ground and to do it your way despite all odds against you!!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Tom Cruise, you are more than an actor. More than a producer. More than a director. You are larger than life.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Excellent interview for the macho man that is not just interested in only viewing nude girls. This is what seperates "PLAYBOY" in the internet era of 'HARDCORE SEX" fro numerous other "SEX STARTUPS". available at the twitch of a mouse.Keep the spirit "Playboy".
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Tom is a amazing actor great Farther and a great husband and the older he gets the sexier he gets i realy enjoyed reading the interview he is just the best
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    interesting to learn how Tom Cruise approaches his worklife thoroughly enjoyed reading his comments.Everybody seems to have an opinion on this hardworking man.The important part is that he still keeps doing what he still keeps doing i.e. making movies thanks for all the hard work Tom you are still entitled to eat sleep breathe and live just like the rest of humanity
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Good on Playboy for seeing it like it is and having the guts to say so. Tom Cruise got in big pharma's way and all the garbage that's been dumped on him since 2005 is just a way to shut him up.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Thank you, Tom Cruise, for your art.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Mr. Cruise is a shining example of of what Hollywood actors should seek to achieve. Competent, interested in others, a good family man, high work ethics and a sense of humor. No scandals, no rehab, no DUI'S - pay attention, hollywood! Can't wait to see Rock of Ages!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Thank you, Tom Cruise, for being a wonderful person in every sence of this word.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Tom, you are an angel.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Tom Cruise is amazing.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Other than the fact that the P-51 Mustang has never been referred to as the Warbird, Cruise really seems to have his shit together again. Good read.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    The photos seem, to me, like Tom is play acting and not pulling it off well. I can't separate HIM from this character. I see the tattoos and booze and there's no authenticity. It's just not working and frankly it's uncomfortable to look at. I'm almost embarrassed for him.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Agree with all the previous comments. What was the point, ohh I think maybe a distraction from LMP on google!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    They don't make moviestars like him anymore because it requires the amount of dedication people are not willing to give. He will be great in Rock of Ages and thanks Playboy for this inspiring interview :)
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    With all due respect, I've never cared for Tom Cruise, but this interview is a pleasant surprise, revealing his depth of character. So thank you Playboy from a former skeptic!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    What a puff piece. This is like a Tom Cruise informercial for how amazing he is at everything he does.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I'm in love. Tom crise is a beautifull person in every sence of this word.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Wow, you landed a coup there! I always thought Tom Cruise would do meaningless interviews, giving prepared answers like many of these Hollywood stars do. But this interview is not that way. I feel I really got an insight in the man now. And he has many attributes heroes are made of.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Tom Cruise is just so much of a man. He constantly amazes me. I'm so in love.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    This was one of the best interviews I've ever read. Tom Cruise is an entertainer, and is apparently very dedicated to his craft as a spectator as well as a participant because he has expresssed humility for learning what makes a rock star during the undertaking of becoming a character who is a rock star. The guy can command any salary he wants, yet he continues to express wonder and surprise about the process of learning something he didn't know before. So what if he is competitive. His drive to get it right is what makes his films so enjoyable. And what a diverse actor! OMG, from the first film I saw him in, Risky Business, where he convinced me that he was this shy nerdy teenager having sex for the first time with the crazy sensuous Rebecca de Mornay to his role as an assassin in Collateral Damage to his role as a reluctant husband to Renee Zellweger in Jerry Maguire to his leaping across tall buildings in Mission Impossible and let's not forget the unforgettable Top Gun, I could go on and on, but people, this man shows a sensitivity to his characters, to his co-stars, and embodies the roles of the underdog as well as the hero, without a misstep. He's obviously a consummate professional who grew up taking alot of hard knocks that have ruined other people, created criminals, and ruined lives. I wish the press would leave this man alone, because I believe the press makes his personal life very difficult, and he has a family that reads all the crap. I hope he sues everybody every time until they GET IT. His job is to entertain, and I don't want to know ugly rumors about him, because they are irrelevant. If he wants to jump on a sofa, it makes him more doofus and human. If he wants to argue with a provocative interviewer, it's his right to do so. Freedom of speech is a double edged sword, so why can't Mr. Cruise speak his mind without fear of persecution and ruination? Same goes for his religious beliefs. I get to have mine, he gets to have his. If his wife can't live with him, she gets to have a divorce, and some lucky woman who needs a career boost will get to be the Next Mrs. Cruise. Katy Holmes is a wonderful actress as seen in some of her earlier films, but being married to a super star must have been too hard for her. Maybe Tom Cruise loves with the same intensity as he devotes to acting. If he marries again, I hope it's to a woman who tries to understand him and love him for who he is as a person, as a man, and as a superstar who has achieved more in his lifetime than most. You are beautiful Tom. Don't go changin' to try and please me. I love you just the way you are.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    he continues to sound to me as if he is wound tight as a drum...
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Great actor, good husband, grand father. Life is good to those that work at it. Kudos Mr. Cruise.
  • JOHN
    JOHN
    As a man just turning 50 myself, I have always admired Tom Cruise. He makes movies because that's what he loves to do. If we could all be so lucky!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Great interview. Tom's blessed.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    He just shouldn't bother with interviews anymore.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Great ! Loved it! Jealous of his life, wish i was doing such things!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I wish there were more people like Tom Cruise in this world. It would be a better plase.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I love you, Tom Cruise.**********************************************************
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Tom, you are the best actor ever.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Tom is awesome and I think it's cool that he stands up for what he believes, even his religion! You go Tom say it how you like coz it always sounds good!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    You have to admit he's an unusual guy. Incredible simple focus and determination. He knows his job and what he's about. The simple statement he's not ever late on the set. How many guys when so on the top can have so much respect for others. LMc
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Tom , you're a wonderful positive person. Thank you for the inspiration!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Tom Cruise is singing very well in his new movie. That's new!!!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    What comeback? Has the clown had a hit in recent years? And this latest one, with him as a rockstar, is a complete bust, and now his wife is gone.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Tom is just badass! Thanks for putting up this great article!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    I have always loved him. I really hope a million people read this so the focus can be on how underrated he is as an actor and how over criticized he is as a man
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Tom is one of the most beautifull people in the world.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Respect to you Tom Cruise, you are a true professional and you just keep getting better and better!!!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Nice interview. With Tom what you see is what you get. There is no falseness in him. Just a happy guy doing what he loves and loving his family. Carry on Tom!!!
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