We All Have One – Tom Cruise Moment – Deadline

Every journalist who covered Hollywood in the golden age roughly started from risky business (1983) by Top Gun: Maverick (Now) has a Tom Cruise moment. I had mine in 2002.

My father just passed away. It was a hard death, not anytime soon, and as I drove back from caring for him in Sacramento for the last time, I promised myself: I’ll be at peace with everyone for a while. No fighting. No arguments. If anyone asks anything, as long as I can do it, I will do it.

Fortunately, the first test took place somewhere near Bakersfield.On the way, I got a call Marmallcurrent editor Los Angeles Magazinethen editorial director Tina Brownof speech.

we have a problemMarr explained. speech Some topical questions have been scheduled – about business and/or professional life in the United States. But Tina managed to promise Tom Cruise the cover. Maer sees no connection. But maybe I can figure it out. The interview has been arranged. Getting to the Bel Air Hotel in about three days, interviewing Cruise, and writing something, if not brilliant, at least sensible.

correct. No fighting. No arguments. Just interview Tom Cruise.

When I got home, the first thing my 14-year-old son said was, “I’m sorry, Dad. I’ve heard of Tom Cruise.” We’ve dealt with my dad’s decline long ago; he knew about my celebrity interviews feeling. I don’t like them.

But it’s there. So I went to the Santa Monica Library, which was more of an information repository than homeless camps in those days, and learned.Mostly, I read something about Scientology, including what appears to be a gigantic encyclopedia of scientology terms, beliefs, and “technology.” I guess it won’t hurt. Just in case the topic comes up.

This is where things get interesting.

I did meet Cruise in Bel Air. It was one of those bright, crisp winter mornings in Southern California, and you couldn’t see why anyone would live anywhere else. Tom is charming. Of course, he laughed. But I get straight to the point.

we have a problem, I say. The next question is about business and professional life. But we have a movie star on our cover — you. If we don’t want to look ridiculous, the two of us, we have to figure you out, risky business Guys, Jerry Maguire, Top Gun expert, Mission impossible (and Minority Report Then on deck), can teach doctors, lawyers, investment bankers, or anyone speechAd-hungry publishers might think.

To his credit, Cruise didn’t even blink. Instead, he begins a smart and methodical conversation about his film, his career, his goals, and the principles that have brought him through the ups and downs of a slippery, dangerous industry. After getting ready in the library, I can understand the basic Scientology parts. For the most part, it was direct, sincere, and he did all the work.

God bless him.

Because there are more adventures to come. on the one hand, speech Works are folded before publication.but Pat KingsleyCruise’s publicist at the time wasn’t letting the disappearance of a magazine rob her of a cover.She somehow managed to ship the whole thing to gentlemanwhich published it in May under the ominous title: “The Most Dangerous Place”.

Cruise never became friends – professionally alienated, and I didn’t fool myself into thinking I had movie friends. But he must have been enthusiastic for a while. At one point, he sent a plexiglass stand inscribed with basic Scientology aphorisms. My son has it as one of his pop culture artifacts, along with a Charles Bukowski poster and a Stooges album he found in a pile. At one point, Cruise even invited my wife, Judy, and I to a big dinner at the Scientology Center of Celebrity.

We went. It was weird, mostly because we were sitting at a table with a couple of creative artist agents and top management. Paramount Pictures, who look uncomfortable. In fact, one of the Paramount officers sitting to my left was so excited that Judy and I quietly agreed to leave in the middle of the proceedings. “That guy made me nervous,” she said.

The parking attendant startled me when we slipped out. “I’m sorry you had to leave early,” he said. “We’ve all read your article.”

Cruise sent a note saying he too was sorry we couldn’t stay, but he hoped we had a chance to talk one day.

But we never did. My Tom Cruise moment is over.