Tom Cruise at the ‘MI4’ Dubai premiere: too tanned and tweaked up or not that bad?

Within the modern spectacle of Hollywood, we’ve grown so used to seeing women going to great lengths to stay youthful, so it’s almost — for lack of a better word — refreshing to watch a man struggling to do the same. In this case, that man is Tom Cruise, who is shown here (Katie-less on the red carpet) with Anil Kapoor, Brad Bird, Paula Patton and Simon Pegg at the world premiere of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol at the Dubai International Film Festival. (No Jeremy Renner? Boo.) Presumably, the film is being unleashed in Dubai because the phallic Burj Khalifa is featured quite prominiently within the film, and Tom has either heavily tanned or been made up to fit right in with the desert atmosphere of the city.

Honestly, it’s not that I necessarily set out to make a huge point of Tom’s appearance, but it’s just an unavoidable tactic when Tom he tries so hard to cling to the sexy. Although I’ll give him credit for undertaking a very subtle set of refreshments during his quest, for he certainly hasn’t yet arrived in the cat-faced territory of Shane Warne. In fact, Tom still looks pretty natural when he tilts his face and gets all angular with the camera:

Yet when you look at him straight on when his face is level, it’s fairly obvious that this man is developing a serious case of Madonna-esque Pillow Face:

Here’s some more photos of Tom at the premiere, including one with some paid fans. Just kidding. Maybe.

Photos courtesy of WENN

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  1. Eve says:

    He doesn’t look tanned. He looks orange — well…maybe it’s the lighting.

    • jennifer says:

      Tom looks better now than he did ten years ago …He looks great! Don’t really see what you’re talking about! He looks like a man not some little boy!!!!

      • Eve says:

        Hmmm…where did I say he looked like a little boy? Little he is, we all know that. And nobody here said he looked like a boy.

    • DeE says:

      Getting a Simon Cowel (sp?) vibe

      • jennifer says:

        Hilarious …..I said little boy! He looks better as he’s aged……….

      • Eve says:

        @ Jennifer:

        I know you said that (he didn’t look like a little boy). I just don’t understand why you said that in your reply to my comment, since I hadn’t said anything regarding his ageing process — I talked about his alleged tan only.

        Your answer to my comment didn’t make any sense, that’s all.

  2. ladybert62 says:

    sorry – I hardly noticed little tom – what is with the women and those weird hat/scarve combos? And why the badge bands? Who are these women?

  3. emma says:

    big fan of Tom Cruise.i am going to watch this movie on December 21 when i am back in new york.

  4. David says:

    He has great doctors.

  5. mia girl says:

    It doesn’t matter how he looks anymore. Tom Cruise lost me after I watched that Scientology tribute video in which he talks like a crazy person for 9 minutes. Aside from how completely wacked he seems in the video, he also uses every “acting” expression we’ve ever seen from him. I swear, it was as if Tom Cruise was making a parody of someone making a parody of Tom Cruise. I just can’t see a picture or see him acting without referencing that disturbing video.

    • Eve says:

      Me too. Actually, he lost me when his religion became the center of his life (rather than his career). I wouldn’t mind him as a Scientologist — as long as he didn’t make such a big deal about it, making a fool out of himself to the point that he went on to say absurdities like “there’s no such thing as postpartum depression” on national television.

      But you know what? The way he behaved opened my eyes about that “church” and had the opposite effect he wanted: I used to think that they’re just “eccentric” and foolish. Now that I read about what really happens to current and former Scientologists, I know they’re a very dangerous bunch.

  6. eto says:

    I think he looks great.

    • autumndaze says:

      I agree. But I still can’t suspend disbelief when watching him on the big screen. He is one crazy SOB!

  7. pwal says:

    Actually, I think he looks good, and typically, I don’t go for Tom Cruise at all – well, only when he has a haircut.

  8. Denise says:

    Tom looks great! Haters stop hating!

    • Lantana says:

      Ita. The guy is practically 50. So is my husband. I would hate for him to have to go up against Tom Cruise in a beauty contest. I think Cruise actually looks good and also not all tweaked out (with surgery not crank I mean).

    • FeFeLaRue says:

      He looks FANTASTIC!! Why do you people hate on him so much!! I think he is one of the best looking Men in Hollyweird!!! And I be on line to see this movie, it looks great!! Love Paula Patton & Jeremy Renner as well…

      Tom has given us many great movies and has been a stand up guy amongst the slime that patrol Hollyweird! He is very charitable and loves his family and stands up for what he belives in…what wrong with that??!! I just love him…

      Leave Tom alone, just becasue he doesn’t believe in what you believe in!! People are so baseless in their hate!!

      • UnAttributableSpoon says:

        Actually, if you’ve read anything about $cientology, you would see that we who dislike Cruise and his cult are not baseless in our dislike for him. This is not a “Leave Britney ALONE!” situation.

        $cientology is a horrible cult that abuses people, steals their money, destroys their families, and often uses them as slave labor…as well as other horribly unethical things. I myself am not religious, but even I know that Christianity and other actual religions are not even close to as sinister as this cult.

        Do your research. Just because you think he’s pretty and are willfully ignorant about $cientology doesn’t mean we are hating on him for no reason. I used to like him as well. The I read about $cientology and I cannot suspend my disbelief and divorce the actor (and his movies) from this disgusting cult.

        A good place to start is, check it out and read up and then reevaluate your myopic adoration.

      • Learned One says:

        FeFe….please stop using “haters” and “hate on.” These are coined phrases and are idiotic. You sound like a smart person – you can’t ‘hate on’ something or someone. You can have an opinion (e.g. “Wow, Tom looks awful”) and express how you feel – that is an opinion – that is not hate.

  9. RobN says:

    He looks great from a distance; it won’t change his personality, unfortunately.

  10. Nancy C. says:

    actually looks good here!

  11. EmmaStoneWannabe says:

    Yep, TC looking pretty hot here!

  12. chloe says:

    I think this is the best this lovable loon has looked in awhile. I like him better with the short haircut.

    • sharylmj says:

      I like him better with this short hair too.. reminds me of the Top Gun days when he was hot and his crazy didn’t show… 🙂 he actually looks very handsome here..

  13. BELLA says:


    • Tiffany says:

      I don’t think he has had surgery. He still has the signs of aging (wrinkling under his eyes, forehead, crows feet, neck isn’t too taught like Michael Douglas, etc.) I think he takes better care of his skin than most men, but it doesn’t look at all like surgery/botox to me.

  14. Mia says:

    His docs are better than Madonna’s.

  15. Rhiley says:

    He looks like a Madame Tussauds’ wax version of himself. I don’t quite see Madonna but he doesn’t look real, either.

  16. BELLA says:


  17. Findley says:

    I believe if a person ever found him attractive, then they still will. I never did, so I don’t.

  18. grace says:

    I think he looks great – my opinion.

  19. fabgrrl says:

    He looks really good. I don’t begrudge him having this great, subtle work done on his face. He is a movie star (not necessarily the same thing as an actor), and looking a certain way is his job.

  20. Dawn says:

    I think people are way too hard on him. He looks fine. Do I like the religion he decided to follow? No less or more than I like any religion. As long as he isn’t making his money because he F’d someone and put out a sex tape, he’s okay in my book. And he was in one of my all time favorite movies Risky Business so I thank him for that.

  21. Jenny says:

    If this was a woman, the accusations of botox and plastic surgery would be rampant. Why not the same for him.

    It looks like he is afraid to smile or it would crack his face. He looked older three years ago.

  22. faye says:

    I’m glad he got rid of the gross long hair.

  23. NO SH¡T says:

    He looks good but that still doesn’t change how bat shit crazy he is.

  24. Penguin says:

    He looks good but yeah def has had work done. I’m not against plastic surgery it’s your body, your choice.

  25. Sara says:

    He looks great! I don’t see any tweaking. 50? Really? Wow!

  26. laylajane says:

    He looks great, whoever his doctors are they are working magic.

  27. maggie grace says:

    I’m surprised he wasn’t wearing his uniform of dark jeans and a button down shirt, untucked. And his platforms.

  28. benny says:

    He has the best make-up and best plastic surgery money can buy. Of course he’ll look good longer than most. I just can’t get past the crazy with him. His persona takes over any roll that he plays, which makes his movies unwatchable for me.

  29. Kim says:

    He seriously gets better looking with age. He is botoxed up but it looks good. To bad he is such a whack job.

  30. Jess says:

    If I DO see this movie, it will only be because of Simon Pegg.

    • UnAttributableSpoon says:

      Totally cosigned. I’m such a Simon Pegg fangirl, I’ve loved him forever. He’s one of the few celebrities I’d actually want to meet in person.

  31. Andie B says:

    Tom looks great..I’ve always liked him, even if he is a little strange. Looking good Tommy boy!

  32. diane says:

    I actually think he looks the best he has looked in a while and I cannot stand him. I refuse to pay money to see this movie even though it looks really good. Where was Jeremy Renner?

  33. sandra says:

    Tom looks good! You can see wrinkles around his eyes and on his forehead – he doesn’t look “done” to me either.

  34. Francesca says:

    I don’t think he is tweeking anything on his face.

  35. Listerino says:

    For him he looks pretty good in these pics. That haircut does wonders for him.

  36. paola says:

    i used to fancy Tom Cruise a lot…. now just the thought of him sleeping with Katie Holmes terrifies me. *shivers down my spine*

  37. Elizabeth says:

    He looks good, no question. But he’s still too weird for me. I can’t get past his personal life – more weird. But he put it out there, so now he has to deal with the (career) consequences of that.

  38. Fue McCormick says:

    Actually, I think he looks handsome …

  39. Jayna says:

    The guy is almost fifty. He looks amazing, but I like his hair more grown out.

  40. e.non says:

    he’s looking more and more like the scientology poobah, that david m … dude.

  41. crtb says:

    Very Handsome

  42. eternalcanadian says:

    Well, the bloke was married to Botox Nicole so I’m sure he picked up a point or two from her. And what guy that’s now on his way to 60 wouldn’t be tweaking and injecting stuff in his body daily to give the illusion he’s still in Risky Business mode?

    Next amusing piece of gossip please CB!

  43. poopie says:

    it’s so bad that i can’t stand HOW HE STANDS with those clown shoes ! yuck !

  44. Angelina says:

    How come Jeremy Renner isnt at any of this premiere’s

  45. Str8Shooter says:

    I sincerely hope this movie BOMBS big time, if only to permanently poke a giant hole in the balloon that is Mr. Cruise’s massive ego.

  46. MB says:

    Oh phew. Sanity has prevailed! Im with the rest of the commenters who think he actually looks great. Not sure what the snark is about.

    Im looking forward to the movie,too. MI3 was good.

  47. Victoria says:

    I am going to see this film because I love the MI series and I do love Tom Cruise as an actor. I think he’s underrated. However, due to his beliefs I haven’t paid to see a film of his since the last MI2. And since Thandie Newton wasn’t in MI3 I wasn’t willing to go to the theater to see it. But I brought the DVD.

    IMO they have so much dirt on TC, he has no choice but to fall in line and do whatever that cult says no matter what. I do believe that he believes in Scientology, but he has never been so in your face about it prior to his break up with Nicole. Something happened there, a crack in his faith or something and they had to show him who was boss in full capacity.

    They were using him to promote the faith hardcore, but maybe even to give other Scientologists a warning that they are willing to make one of their member look crazy, even if might make the church “look bad” (which can just be written off as that person being slight deranged) to show how they can ruin your life. I mean Tom’s career wasn’t ruined all the way, but his credibility and likability went south real quick. I have no idea if that makes sense. But it’s Saturday!

    • Eve says:

      Thandie Newton was the only reason why I watched Mission Impossible II. She was stunning in that movie — her skin looked absolutely perfect in it. Ok, I may have watched for Dougray Scott too (he looked so sexy back then…not so much recently).

  48. Deejay says:

    i think Tom has aged gracefully in comparison to many others in the film industry. he looks like a world and weather beaten 50 year old.

    no matter what, we’ll have to salute the man for what he’s trying to bring to the big screen with those maniacal action sequences. most of us would opt to rather enjoy watching him on screen than trying out any of the stunts he has performed during his career.