There were recently reports that Tom Cruise and Hayley Atwell, who are still working on Mission: Impossible 7, which could well be called Mission: Impossible without end, considering how long they have been in production for this movie, they broke up, although it has never been confirmed that they were actually dating.
Without that confirmation, Tom has been single for almost a decade. And most of that time has been spent on set. So if you’re married to something, it’s your job. And if you have a constant companion, it would be … your helicopter. Tom lives the life of the helicopter. His helicopter habits have had a pop culture moment this year. One of Tom’s concerns is apparently where to land his helicopter. And I suppose you should mention here that you can land your own helicopter. Nobody makes Tom fly by helicopter, Tom flies himself. He always does stunts.
Interestingly, Tom Cruise appeared last week in Will Smith’s high-profile GQ interview, though he didn’t make headlines because most of us were focused on what Will had to say about his marriage. Tom’s name appears twice, initially because that is the movie star career that Will aspired to and achieved.
What soon followed was one of the most commercially successful careers in movie history: Smith’s eight consecutive films that grossed more than $ 100 million each at the national box office are a record, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Smith’s nemesis for years was Tom Cruise, “the only person who had a film career beyond what he could imagine.”
They have something else in common, according to Will. Will doesn’t miraculously show up to save a baby from drowning or pull someone out of a burning car on the freeway like Tom does. But he is going through a crisis in his own way:
“That was what even with Tom [Cruise]. Tom and I became friends in the midst of his public difficulties. That’s when I want to be there. If all goes well, call someone else. Call me when you need help. Love it. I love being the emergency call at 2 am. “
Yet professionally, even though Tom seems determined to maintain his image as the ultimate action movie star, Will’s goals have changed. As stated in GQ:
“But over the past 10 years, as Smith has increasingly focused on evolving as a human being, a gulf has emerged between Will Smith, the movie star, and Will Smith, the man.”
I’m not sure Tom wants a separation between Tom Cruise, the movie star, and Tom Cruise, the man. There was a time, of course, and we still remember it, when Tom Cruise was more public about his interests and implications beyond the movie set, but that didn’t work out for him the way he thought it would, and he’s spent years restoring his movie star image … alone. All we see of Tom are helicopters and death-defying feats and movies. And maybe that’s why we stopped asking questions.