So why is any of this relevant? Well, since Mr. Cruise and Ms. Holmes opted to publicize their "romance," the backlash from the public has been unanimous; many believe the two are merely pretending to be seeing one another to enhance the publicity for each of their respective summer films (he of "War of The Worlds" and she of "Batman Begins"). In response to the complete disbelief of the American public, Mr. Cruise opted to visit Oprah and proclaim his true, genuine love for Ms. Holmes. Not only did he do that, he did so by jumping around on a couch, dropping to one knee and, generally speaking, making a complete asshole of himself. All, he claimed, in the name of true love.
Problem is, this only further engorged the nation's disinterest in this farce. And the more irritated the two became, and the more Mr. Cruise pointed a finger at the public for ridiculing his and Ms. Holmes' love as the farce that it seemingly is, the more the public responded with disinterest, apathy and ridicule.
So Mr. Cruise, not content to be pushed to the back-burner of the American Celebrity Lexicon, publicly criticized Brooke Sheilds for her decision to take anti-depressants after she gave birth to a child earlier this year. Simultaneously, Mr. Cruise also began fielding questions and defending his choice to practice Scientology, a religion created by L. Ron Hubbard, the guy who also created a 400-page sci-fi tome called Dianetics. In discussing both topics with Matt Lauer of the "Today" morning show on NBC last week, Mr. Cruise was accusatory and went so far as to refer to Psychiatry as a 'pseudo-science' and argue with Mr. Lauer by saying "You don't know the history of psychiatry. I do."
Subsequently, in the midst of all this activity, Mr. Cruise opted to answer questions for a French red carpet interviewer last week en route to the War of the Worlds premiere; during said interview, the man conducting the interview apparently had been using a gag microphone and squirted water into Mr. Cruise's face. Rather than laughing and accepting the joke, he called the guy a jerk and had him (and his associate) arrested for assault.
And today Mr. Cruise's film was finally released. Not to be outdone, Mr. Cruise recently in a German magazine claimed that there are likely aliens out there.
I don't know what the fuck is wrong with him, but it seems that Mr. Cruise is on the same collision course with Total Asshole Status that Mel Gibson achieved over the last year or two during the making /release of The Passion of the Christ. With all due respect to Mr. Gibson, however, it took him awhile to reach this plateau, whereas Mr. Cruise has managed to rebrand himself a complete asshole in less than two months. That's talent!
Both Mr. Cruise and Mr. Gibson are talented actors, and they have made films I have and continue to enjoy. But what they have in common -- in my opinion, anyway -- is that they'd be better keeping their opinions out of the public eye. If Mel Gibson hadn't spouted off like an authority on Catholicism last year, most people would never have learned he and his family are anti-semitic, closed-minded people. We would have never learned both he and his father deny the Holocaust took place, and we would have continued to support and respect someone who is, ostensibly, a piece of shit.
Mr. Cruise isn't hateful, but he's arrogant, judgemental and -- these days -- a bit loopy. I always had a respect for Mr. Cruise; even if I didn't enjoy all of his films, I always respected his work and never really had a problem with him per se. And then the last six weeks, and his personality, came out of the closet. After all this, not only do I not want to see "War of the Worlds" (a movie I wanted to see before he began his PR tour for same), I hope it ends quickly so I don't need to see or hear about Mr. Cruise, Ms. Holmes or Scientology for another decade.
Now that's unlikely, because I hear the movie is actually good, if not downright solid. But from this point forward, my opinion of Mr. Cruise -- much like my opinion of Mr. Gibson -- has changed dramatically (and permanently) since he decided play himself in public.
When are actors going to realize the reason why they are successful is because we, as the public, would prefer them to be/portray someone else and not themselves? I don't want to hear Barbra Streisand's opinion on how to defeat Al Qaeda, I don't care what Alec Baldwin thinks of Proposition 162 in Albany, and I could care less what John Travolta thinks is the source of happiness in the universe. Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon, I am sure, are good people, but I could care less what their thoughts are on the economy or prisoners at Gitmo.
These people are not famous for their thoughts, they are famous for portraying and reciting the thoughts of others: so stick to the script and keep your mouth shut when there's no pre-printed words on the page.
That's a wrap.