IF I GAVE A DAMN about the personal lives of actors and artists—if I let the things they say and do keep me from their accomplishments—I might not have any books to read, any records to hear, any movies to see. Thankfully, Wholly Grommett in His Finite Wisdom did not create me that way: I don’t give a damn about the personal lives of these people (unless, of course, they’re monsters of some sort).
So, the question on Quora is, “What turns you off about Tom Cruise?”—a loaded question, to be sure. The first answer that popped up when I looked at the page was someone going on about Scientology. So I took a gulp of my Café Bustelo and plunged on in with my own response (indented below):
You had me at Mimi
Since I don’t give a damn about his personal life—except envying him Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman, and Penelope Cruz—I just get to dig his remarkable career as an actor.
Too many wonderful performances to list, so I will just choose two personal faves that don’t get a lot of attention: Vanilla Sky (which may feature the best use of rock music in a movie since Easy Rider) and The Last Samurai.
I not only don’t care that Samurai ripped off James Clavell, but it made me want more James Clavell rip-offs!
And when Scientology starts killing people at the rate the Christians and Muslims have killed people throughout history, maybe I will start caring about Tom’s personal life.
FEATURED IMAGE: Tom Cruise in the armor of a Samurai warrior of 19th century Japan from the movie The Last Samurai. And, yes, the movie takes great liberties with history. And, yes, it might seem like you are watching a James Clavell rip-off, but if you’re a James Clavell fan, wouldn’t you ant more rip-offs?
And, no, Cruise’s character is not the person to which the movie’s title refers. See the movie and find out who it does refer to.