Tom Cruise has uncredited cameo in “Tropic Thunder,” mocks Paramount head

There was a photo that was online late last year of Tom Cruise bald and wearing a fat suit. The NY Times reports today that it’s from an uncredited cameo in the upcoming Ben Stiller comedy “Tropic Thunder” also starring Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey and Nick Nolte. They wanted to keep Cruise’s appearance a secret, but the news got out at an industry screening of the film, put out by Paramount Pictures.

Paramount head Summer Redstone decided to cut ties with Cruise’s production company in August, 2006 after public outburst against pharmaceutical drugs. Redstone made it clear that Cruise was no longer working with him due to his behavior, and said “His recent conduct has not been acceptable to Paramount.”

Cruise and Redstone had lunch last week in what many people thought was a bid to patch things up, and now it’s known that he plays a character in “Tropic Thunder” that is thought to be a parody of Redstone. The screening audience was howling with laughter at Cruise’s scene:

At an industry screening Tuesday night of the forthcoming comedy “Tropic Thunder” from Paramount Pictures and its unit DreamWorks, Tom Cruise brought down the house with his surprise portrayal of a bald, hairy-chested, foulmouthed, dirty-dancing movie mogul of the kind who is only too happy to throw an actor to the wolves when his popularity cools.

The several hundred Hollywood agents, managers, publicists and reporters at the screening on the Paramount lot here couldn’t have missed the joke. In August 2006 Mr. Cruise — after spending many years at Paramount and appearing in some of its biggest hits, including “Top Gun” and the “Mission: Impossible” series — was sent packing by Mr. Redstone, the chairman of Viacom, the studio’s parent.

Two years later Mr. Cruise is back in a Paramount movie, playing a craggy ingrate in what is shaping up as one of the studio’s best prospects for the summer. The movie, a raunchfest directed by Ben Stiller, about a bunch of actors whose jungle war movie turns unexpectedly real, also stars Mr. Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey and Nick Nolte.

The humor may have been heightened by knowledge that Mr. Cruise and Mr. Redstone only last week kissed and made up over a very public lunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

[From the NY Times via Huffington Post]

Why do you have to go endear yourself to the industry like that, Tom Cruise? You’re supposed to be a batshit crazy cult leader, not a funny guy who pokes fun at his career setbacks.

Robert Downey Jr. is also said to have brought down the house. Downey plays an actor playing a soldier in blackface, so it’s more of a meta-role and not a straight case of a white actor playing an African American role.

“Tropic Thunder” will be out in the US on August 15, and is about a group of actors filming a Vietnam war movie who get abandoned in an actual war. It’s thought that the film will be a real hit for Paramount, and it could do wonders to revive Cruise’s image.

Header image is of Tom and Katie pre-shorter haircut out at The Cut restaurant on a double date with Will Smith and Jada on 2/27/08, thanks to WENN.

Here’s the trailer, which does not include Cruise:

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  1. AC says:

    tim looks out of shape in that pic and im not talking about the fat suit.

  2. geronimo says:

    How interesting is that! Maybe he’s finally taken some sensible advice that the way forward for him and his career is to laugh at himself and send himself up? I think it might work. Tinseltown loves redemption.

    The real pity about Tom is that before he went nuts, he had some fine perfomances to his credit – Magnolia, Jerry McGuire, Collateral, amd is quite a good actor.

  3. celebitchy says:

    I loved “Jerry Maguire.” Damn you, Tom Cruise! haha

  4. Kevin says:

    Yeah, he has had his share of stinkers too,,Going all the way with Shelly Long, Cocktail with Elisabeth Shue (who I adore), the one with all the unicorns with MIa Sara (also adorable), my mind is blocking the title of that one though because of the stinkiness of it. Mentioning these to keep it balanced. That is all thank you

  5. Paula says:

    I am such a loser, BUT! I got an opinion on all those rich successful people.
    They better listen or I won’t leave my trailer park ever!!!!

  6. geronimo says:

    Damn! This is too weird. Before I read that post, I was thinking ‘Oh, here we go, more scientology crap’. and then I read the post and, I kid you not, I’m now – if not quite thinking, awww, funny guy, he seems really nice – but I’m not too far away from it! This is very worrying.

    Is there some hidden scientology babble message in your post, CB? I think we need to know and you might need to put some sort of warning on it.

    ps. I’m refusing to read Jerry Seinfield’s post for this reason.

  7. journey says:

    yeah paula!!! we’ll show ’em!!!! as they’re partying in their mega-mansions, we’ll sit at home in our squalid trailers sulking!!

  8. Becca says:

    Kevin, that unicorn one was called Legend. I still remember being scared of the devil in that film… but it wasn’t good.

  9. daisy says:

    Its awlays about the money It looks like a smart move on TC to take on a small role in a movie that going to supposely a hit.
    one more thing Robert Downey in blackface.. whenever you see a action,horror etc movie where you Know someone is going get killed why is it always the the people of color that get killed first?

  10. Breederina says:

    Ewwwww. Forget the fat suit and latex, underneath he’s all pasty and toneless. He needs some Madonna arms. Time to hit the gym little guy.

  11. Lola says:

    I love Tom Cruise and I think I forever will. It is hard to laugh at yourself when people who are waging a campaign against you mean business an saying cruel mean unfunny things about your child.

    I am sure Cruise will outlive his detractors like Friedman of the Fox network because inspite of his crazy image, he does not seem the kind to fall into pieces. We all have set backs, I am sure he is over the worst. Besides he has a beautiful famly that makes all the critism easier to face.

    I doubt many people don’t like him. It is just that the few who don’t are very loud and are Zealots like this anonymous group. Have you noticed that the posters here who attack him are the same? Bodhi, Syko, Breedrina, ihatelasagn etc. The same people are all over the blogs hating on him and his family. They make it seem like the whole world shares their views when it doesn’t.

    Showbiz is forgetful, look at Mariah Carey, a couple of years ago her career was in ruins and she was suicidal, now she is back with a bang.

    Tom Cruise will be fine. He will also out live lis haters who are being treated for depression anyway. (your admission not mine)

  12. Breederina says:

    Lola, get a grip child. It’s a celebrity gossip site.
    Snark is the rule of the day. If you want blind adoration get thee to a T.C. fan site or your nearest
    Scientology Center and gush away.

  13. Bodhi says:

    Oi! Lola/Beth/Marietta~ I have never been treated for depression, nor do I have any friends who have committed suicide.

    If you don’t like what real people think about TinyTom get back on your spaceship & fly away

  14. Syko says:

    Lola, honey – I’m not all over the blogs, this is the only place I post. And I’m not under treatment for depression, never have been. So go back and tell your cult that this is one Tom-hater that’s not going to off herself.

  15. california angel says:

    I was in Kuaui while they were filming this and i ran into a bunch of people who had run-ins with Jack Black. From what i’ve heard, Ben Stiller has a house there. The set that they were using at the time was located right next to a wal-mart…classic.

  16. Mairead says:

    Daisy – why do the actors “of colour” go first? I’m pretty sure it’s down to Angelina’s plotting. Or Scientology – I think we can conclusively put all of the world’s ills down to those things 😉

    As one of the “etc.” I have been treated for depression – something I had no control over developing – no more than Lola appears to be able to get her facts straight.

    Lola, it’s your perogative to “love” him. He’s annoyed me since the 80s (before I was aware of Scientology) and d’you know something, I’m sure he won’t give a rat’s posterior about what I think of him.

    My issue with you is stating that we’ve verbally attacked Suri. Just how very dare you. You’ve said this more than once, but never gave examples so that we could either defend or apologise; no, just sweeping statements. Very unfair.

  17. geronimo says:

    I am so upset with Lola. Bodhi, Syko, Breederina & ilovelasagna all get a mention by name and I’m bundled into the etcs. Big fat sulk.

  18. geronimo says:

    Guys, I don’t get why you’re actually taking the time to respond to Lola. She (and her alter egos) are responsible for posting some of the most vile, most vicious, poison ever found on here.

    Lola’s not going to be sympathetic to your depression, Mairead (the rest of us, yes). Why waste words and time on her and why try and reason with someone who eg. found the suicide of a former scientologist particularly entertaining. She was positively gleeful. That’s what on offer from Lola.

  19. Lola says:

    Sorry Geronimo, but you all seem the same it is easy to forget that you are different individuals. You are fans of Angelina and Brad and they are God’s gift to the world. Had a stint with scientology which did not go well from your bitterness. Hate Tom Cruise and his family and are the first on any tomkat thread to express your same views each and every time a new thread is up, are on anti depressants (apart from those who deny it), think you are funny and make attempts at humour. Have I forgotten anything?

  20. geronimo says:

    Only your sanity.

  21. Bodhi says:

    I’m pretty sure thats a prerequisite for joining $cientology. They don’t want any rational people.

    Sorry you got left off the list Geronimo. I’d think your hatred of TinyTom & worshiping of AJ&BJ was obvious enough! 😉

  22. Syko says:

    Geronimo, that’s classic. That’ll get you remembered next time Lola/ Lisa/ Marietta/ Whoever names names!

    Just for the record, I’m not a Brad/ Angelina fan at all, I just don’t understand the furor over them. I’m not depressed, don’t take medication, am not bitter, and my only brush with Scientology is what I’ve read about it. They wouldn’t want me – too bossy, too poor. I don’t hate Tom, I’m frightened by him. I don’t hate Kat(i)e, I have a certain amount of disgust for a woman who sells herself in that way, but we all sell ourselves in some way, and who am I to criticize the method she’s chosen. And most of all, I don’t hate Suri. I am sorry for her and frightened for her, but how could you hate a little girl?

  23. geronimo says:

    All I can say is I’d rather be here sharing words and time with people like you and Bodhi and all the other great people on here, than wasting another word or second on the likes of toxic Lola.

  24. Mairead says:

    Thanks Geronimo for your nice words. 🙂 I only mentioned my past as I’m not ashamed of it and the one time i needed to take an antidepressant, it really helped sort out the chemical imbalance causing the worst symptoms. It’s very easy for those who haven’t experienced a dramatic change in their thought process to assume that counselling or indeed “auditing” will cure all ills.

    As for “hating” TomKat and “worshipping” Brangelina… whatever you say love. *smiles and nods, just smiles and nods*

  25. Gina says:

    Like katie and suir and connor and bella, i love tom, like all the hournalists who met him i love him, see variety article and column, smart people talking not assface blogs and entertainment site!

    Tom is a sweethart, everybody know that.

  26. Gracie says:

    Katie and Tom look like brother and sister in this picture… ick.

  27. Pokey says:

    excuse me….but cocktail is NOT a stinker….its…just….not….*sniff*