‘Glib’ Matt Lauer: Tom Cruise was my most ‘awkward’ interview

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Is it still a vintage scandal if the story is only nine years old? Sure, why not. I revisited the Tom Cruise era of crazy in my head the other day. Actually … I think about him a lot. Even though he’s not a hot gossip topic any longer, his 2005 tour of crazy is an instant mood lifter. There was just so much weirdness pouring out of Tom that year.

There was a recent LA Weekly article (and I’ve talked about this already) that talked about how the internet killed Tom Cruise, movie star. The premise of the piece is that the “couch jump” never happened. If you go back and watch the original Oprah episode, Tom really did leap onto the couch. He did it a few times. There was an altered clip that made him jump repeatedly. Then lightning bolts shoot out of his hands as he “killed” Oprah. But Tom did jump on the couch. A few months later, he also hopped onto Jay Leno’s couch and did some more jumping.

The LA Weekly article seemed silly to me because it placed Tom’s entire crazy persona solely on the Oprah couch jump. There was a whole wealth of Tom insanity going on in 2005 that had nothing to do with couches. Such as Tom’s interview with Matt Lauer where they discussed the evils of psychiatry according to Scientology. Tom stuck his finger out and said stuff like, “You don’t know the history of psychiatry. I do. If I want to know something, I go and find out. Because I don’t talk about things that I don’t understand.” He then ranted away and called Matt “glib” for suggesting that medicines do help some people. I feel like revisiting that clip:

See? Tom acts crazy in that video. He looks like he hasn’t slept for days, he’s got deep undereye circles, and he’s ranting like a madman. In a new Q&A with Facebook, Matt Lauer says this was the most awkward interview he’s ever done:

What would he do if he knew he couldn’t fail? “Run for public office!”

His most awkward interview? “A bit awkward with Tom Cruise a while back!!!! It was one of those unforgettable moments that became a part of pop culture. Sandra Bullock makes me nervous every once in a while.”

His most inspiring interview: “I loved interviewing Adam Greenberg, the baseball player who got a second chance in the pros. I learned a lot about life from him.”

How’s Al Roker? “Al is like walking on a high wire without a net, but I’ve been working with him for more than 20 years and it is still fun every morning.”

[From Today Show on Facebook]

No kidding. I felt sorry for Matt (who is no stranger to controversy himself) during that interview. I bet you could have cut the tension in that studio with an E-meter. 2005 was a super-amazing year for Tom Cruise pictures. Here are some of my favorites.

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Tom Cruise

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  1. Mmhmm says:

    I remember matt doing an interview with him a good 4+ years ago, and they made amends. And tom was actually pretty like able. Not defending tom here, but I always like him when he’s in a good movie, and edge of tomorrow was excellent!

    • Illyra says:

      Yeah Scientology is sh*t, but I love Tom… can’t help it. Looking forward to seeing Edge of Tomorrow.

    • Esmom says:

      I’ve never been a big fan but I also think he’s a good actor and have always felt a little sorry for him more than anything else. I feel like he was lost and looking for a meaningful connection when he was young in Hollywood and the COS just preyed on him. I could be totally off base but that’s always the impression I’ve had.

    • maynot says:

      Yes Edge is a good movie. The only one in years. Let’s see if it’s enough to bring his career back.

      • Miss M says:

        I said to my friends if Edge of tomorrow doesn’t bring him back, nothing will. I loved this movie!!!

    • MoxyLady007 says:

      Scientology uses slave labor. Tom Cruise uses slave labor. His wife had to plan her escape from him with burner phones and extreme secrecy. Scientology ruins families and lives. Don’t forget this stuff just because you saw a movie where he entertained you for two hours.

      • dlo says:

        I agree 100%

      • Goodnight says:

        I totally agree. You cannot forget that Tom is not the average guy on the street who falls for the free personality test and gets hooked in. From the very start he went to the celebrity centers, which are NOTHING like the regular centers. They cater to the celebrity’s every whim and fast track them (for $ of course) so they don’t have to do the grunt work. Tom profits from the literal slavery of lowly regular Scientologists.

  2. Lucy2 says:

    Lol at poor Steven Spielberg’s face- help me!
    The couch jump was minor compared to that interview, in terms of damage to his image.

  3. Caz says:

    Sigh. As has been said many times by many, tom had the world at his feet. Wonder if he regrets anything 2005 and after. I want to know what mimi rogers got for recruiting him to CO$

  4. Helvetica says:

    Ah yes, that was the time when Tom went off on the deep end. Crazy.

    Matt Lauer gets on my last nerve. My friend saw him in studio while filming and she said he was a total jerk.

    One thing I love about Tom Cruise is that we don’t see him every day. He keeps a pretty low profile and that is always cool to me, when you think of how famous he is. I think the entire Katie chapter of his life taught him to stay underground. Lol.

  5. It is what it is says:

    Ugh Matt Lauer is so gross. After the cheating rumors and Ann Curry’s abrupt departure as co-anchor, this guy gives me bad vibes

  6. Sayrah says:

    Hehe! I forgot how long that clip was. He just doesn’t stop.

  7. Lindy79 says:

    Matt summed it up when he said youre saying
    You want them to do well in the road that you approve of.
    I agree drugs are not the only method and they can be over used by doctors without trying other avenues but neither is vitamins and exercise. Do healthy/fit people never get depressed??

    Toms not “discussing” it, hes saying his way is the only way and the right way. I’d love to see his credentials. Reading a few scientology approved books does not an expert make. He’s no answer for the people (Brooke included) who say drugs helped them. He was such an ahole during this. It was glorious to see.

    • Sayrah says:

      I remember Brooke’s response was something like “I’m sure Tom Cruise has never been a new mother with PPD.”

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      As someone who has lived with depression for almost my entire life, I can honestly say I have never wanted to slap someone so much in my life. Ignorant, arrogant sob.

      • Lindy79 says:

        Bang on the money GoodNames x
        I haven’t paid to see anything to do with him since this. I still think he believes it, he just knows to keep it under wraps.

      • Ag says:

        @Goodnames – hear, hear. I recall getting ready to leave for my summer job, and that interview being on. I was shocked that someone could be THAT painfully ignorant. And I was on anti-depressants at that point, so it hit close to home. This is what he is about, as a Scientologist, and he’ll never change. (Well, that and slave labor.) I will never give a penny of my hard-earned money to that a$$hole.

      • Esmom says:

        I’ve never understood when people have a stigma-related stance against anti-depressants. My mom is one of them and I have told her repeatedly that if you had diabetes or cancer you wouldn’t let it go untreated without meds. Depression/anxiety and all the related disorders are no different. I know numerous people who would not be alive today without those medications.

      • Lindy79 says:

        Exactly Esmom. Even JLaw said that in the press room after the Oscars.
        This asshat was just adding to the stigma which is unforgivable. Shaming people for getting the help they need, claiming to be an expert on the subject while being revered like some sort of deity in that cesspool of a cult.

      • BooBooLaRue says:

        Totally with you on this GNAT!

  8. PunkyMomma says:

    Skeevy Matt Lauer meet skeevy Tom Cruise.

  9. Amy123 says:

    The couch jumping was just the tip of the iceberg. It was a bunch of issues strung together that made people think he’s on the crazy-train.

  10. Chris says:

    This was an article on here a couple of days ago that said Tom has two hours sleep a night. That’d be enough to make anyone loopy.

  11. Kath says:

    2005 was a gift for Scientology watchers.

    It was the year that the lid was finally lifted off Tom’s festering pot of crazy (thanks to the oh-so-smart idea of replacing Pat Kingsley as his publicist with his sister). Yet it was also the year that Katie Holmes supposedly “fell” for Tom Cruise.

    Hero-worshipping your teenage crush is one thing, but any normal person would have run for the hills when confronted with that level of arrogance, weirdness and fanaticism.

    • Christin says:

      I would like to know how Pat managed to keep him in check, PR wise. Because when he went off the leash, he just let it all out. That was a crazy year or so.

      I also think he interviewed potential new romantic partners and that Katie was not first choice. Bizarre as it sounds, I believe that rumor has truth to it.

      • Lola says:

        There’s a very good interview where she talks about what happened.

      • Christin says:

        Thanks, Lola. I will look that up.

      • holly hobby says:

        He fired Pat because Miss Cabbage told him to. She had the nerve to tell him to cut it out with the $ci talk to the press.

        It did him no favors Steven Speilberg was pissed that he spent all the media time talking about his “religion” instead of stumping for their movie. Sumner Redstone’s wife at the time also got Summer to terminate Tommy’s production deal with Paramount. Yeah it was a chain of painful dominos falling down in 2005!

      • M.A.F. says:

        If i recall correctly, during that Oprah interview, Spielberg came on via video and told Tom to make sure to talk about the movie and not Katie Holmes. Then the next thing you knew Holmes came walking out on stage.

      • ataylor says:

        Pat never kept Tom in check. She kept the MEDIA in check by having a huge roster of A+ celebrities on her client list. There is a reason she was known as one of the (and at one point THE) most powerful publicists in Hollywood. What she would do for Tom was that she would approve ALL questions and journalists that had access to Tom. Complete and total control of the media.

        If there was an article or video interview that depicted him in a negative light, she would immediately SHUT IT DOWN and demand the video/audio reel and demand that the publication modify the article. If ANY member of the media refused to comply, she would refuse that publication or media company access to Tom AS WELL AS ANY OTHER CELEBRITY CLIENT ON HER ROSTER. Getting BANNED from Tom meant getting BANNED from everyone else too.

        Remember, she had THE MOST A+ celebrity client list in Hollywood. That equals power. Major power.

        She would frequently blacklist reporters that refused to comply and for an entertainment reporter, that would be career ending, so everyone just obeyed. Remember, in television, RATINGS = $$$ and also, you didn’t want to be the journalist that got the most popular Hollywood celebrities banned from your entertainment news show or talk show. Screw with a media company’s ratings and your butt is OUT the door.

        Her PMK minions, knowing full well the power Pat Kingsley had over the entertainment industry, were NIGHTMARES to deal with. Some of the rudest beeyotches in the history of modern va-jay-jays (can you tell I hated dealing with them?). Although they don’t have the power during the hey-days of PMK, they still have a pretty impressive list and don’t have problems trying to bully people around for their clients.

  12. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Everyone has a right to their opinion, but I’m shocked by people on here saying they love Tom Cruise. Really? After he dumped Nicole K right before the crucial divorce time period in CA and completely alienated her children from her? Knowing he’s a lunatic Scientologist, with all of the abuses that entails? His completely ignorant, dangerous stance on medication for people suffering from depression? His fake love and subsequent treatment of Katie Holmes? Using his daughter when he needed PR and abandoning her for months at a time? He makes my skin crawl. Jumping on the couch made him look like an ass, but that’s nothing compared to his consistently heartless, ignorant and brainwashed behavior for decades.

    • doofus says:

      And let’s not forget that other story of the woman who was “chosen” to be his GF and she had to get her teeth filed down…that was a pretty f-ed up story.

      I agree completely with you…with all of the stuff that’s out there about him, AND the cult of $cientology, I can’t understand how anyone can feel any “love” or warmth toward him. He’s a bat-sh*t crazy cult member (leader).

      And speaking of alienating children…when was the last time he was seen with his youngest daughter? Disconnection, anyone?…oh, but according to the $ci-bots, that doesn’t exist.

    • Kate2 says:

      Yeah, I’m not down with the Cruise love either. That is one scary-ass cult he’s involved with and I think he’s just found a PR team that was able to re-hide the crazy. It’s still there, just locked away.

      Lauer doesn’t bother me for some reason.

      • LAK says:

        Funny you mention his current publicists who are all graduates of the same publicist who had managed to hid the crazy until early 00s when Tom thought he knew better and fired her.

        His current publicists use the same tactics they learnt at the feet of the former publicist.

        Pat Kingsley, the former publicist, was so good at her job that people still think TC simply went crazy for a time and was always a ‘normal’ person. His current publicists using Pat’s methods have convinced the public that the period when TC let it all hang out was simply an episode and an aberration in the life of someone otherwise ‘normal’.

    • Ag says:

      i don’t get it either. there’s some major cognitive dissonance going on re tom cruise.

    • Eve says:

      Agree with all the above. Never pay to see anything he’s in — in my opinion, he can’t act worth shit. And I simply hate the idea that ANY (even a cent) of my money is going to his “church”.

      • Kiddo says:

        G O R G E O U S

      • Eve says:

        L O L!

      • wolfpup says:

        He’s like every other religious zealot – so convinced that their way is the ONLY way. As a matter of fact, even those who do not try to force their beliefs onto others, carry a poisonous root, that tells them that THEY are going to “heaven” while seeing others as “fallen” and ending up in hell (unless they accept that faith as well). They also see their enemies as burning in hell (totally nasty thinking!). What ‘kind of God’ would curse man, curse the earth, and create a hell where everyone goes, who does not “believe” in that kind of God? Whatever…

    • bettyrose says:

      Honestly I didn’t get the Tom Cruise love at 12 years old when I saw Top Gun with my girlfriends…and I really don’t get it now for all the reasons you’re saying. He’s a crazy little man.

      • Lindy79 says:

        I liked Iceman way more in Top Gun. Thankfully he was never on my hottie/crush list growing up.

      • elisa says:

        I didn’t get it either, though my sister was in love with him in the 80s and early 90s. I always thought he acted with his teeth.

      • Nighty says:

        Same here, never understood all the drooling over him…

    • Esmom says:

      GoodNames, I said it above but while I don’t love Tom Cruise I can’t help but feel sorry for him a little bit. I think your word “brainwashed” is the key. I think he’s a victim to a certain degree. Granted I’m not familiar with everything that’s occurred during his association with the COS but my impression is that he was a lost soul who got completely taken in by them.

      • Sighs says:

        I read Rob Lowe’s book, and from what he described, TC was always focused and ambitious in a very intense way from a young age. I think his personality really lends itself to the Scientology approach. It’s unfortunate. Maybe with some real therapy and a little of those meds thrown in, he really could have been a balanced person.

      • Esmom says:

        Sighs, I read Rob Lowe’s book, too, great read! I’d forgotten about that. I agree that it seems very likely that he probably could have benefitted from the psychiatric interventions he’s demonized. How ironic.

    • Magoo says:

      As a movie goer, I’ve liked Tom Cruise for a long time, not because he’s a good actor, but he made good movies. A Few Good Men, The Last Samurai, Minority Report, and Jerry Maguire to name a few. Which movie star has the power to green light interesting big budget films today? Not Tom and not anybody else. The world has changed. That said, Scientology is freaky and his marriage to Katie Holmes was freaky. He has never been able to recover.

    • Tolva says:

      I was working in the industry when that divorce came down between Tom and Nicole and from what I heard Nicole was not some innocent. Rumors are Tom could have blown her out of the water if he told why he really demanded the divorce.

  13. Chrissy says:

    Those 2005 Tom Cruise photos made my day! Hilarious.
    He’s become somewhat of a boring interview these days…even Graham Norton can’t make him interesting. Bring back the crazy!

    • Mrs. Darcy says:

      He was SO DULL on Graham Norton! I wonder if the Sci-bots secretly drug him to stabilize his wackadoodle moods! I find the plethora of pro Tom posts at the top of the post interesting…just saying. How could you watch that vid and think he’s anything other than a self actualized, brainwashed know it all? I lived with a bi-polar person, and let me tell you mood disorders are real Tom, regardless of any failings or over-prescriptions in the mental health field (which I do agree are a problem, for less crazypants reasons). So to speak. It is weird because Lainey linked to this story and kind of half agreed with it if I remember correctly. Did she forget all the other crazy Tom moments?

      • Bridget says:

        She said that he may actually have had a point with his assertion that he was the one to start the big international premiere events, but the woman also refers to him as the GMD and has never minced words when it comes to $cientology.

    • Sighs says:

      I feel bad for Emily Blunt having to bear the brunt of making him seem remotely interesting on this tour.

  14. Farah says:

    Spielberg’s face kills me It screams; “Gets this freak away from me”

  15. lucy2 says:

    OK, just watched the Oprah clip – I forgot how insane that whole thing was. He was like a toddler who made grown ups laugh, so he just kept going. And pushing Katie out at the end, yikes. The whole thing seems super creepy in retrospect.

  16. Nikollet says:

    Oh Crazy Tom! Way more entertaining than Boring Tom. But the strung-out-aggressive-madman in this interview is scary.

    Oh and if you’re up for another awkward interview from 2005: http://youtu.be/Yg-3GOYdHRw

  17. Mia4S says:

    That LA Times article was absurd! What wrecked Cruise wasn’t the couch jump; it was the weird PR romance, the creepy cult being exposed, and him acting like a superior ass! The couch jump alone would have been funny, instead it became a metaphor for ruining your public image. I wonder how much he funds the cult and if that’s why he keeps doing massive budget flicks instead of trying quality character work. I can’t tell his film trailers apart; it’s like self-parody.

    • holly hobby says:

      He’s making standard action movies now because that’s what Miss Cabbage wanted. He took more career risks when he was with Nicole and sort of drifted away from the “Church.” I read all the $ci books (Lawrence Wright’s and another one written by a female journalist from the Rolling Stone magazine) and both credited Nicole for his career renaissance and indicated how Miss Cabbage hated “Interview with a Vampire” “Eyes Wide Shut” and Magnolia. So once Tommy recommitted, he stopped doing those types of films.

  18. Hmmm says:

    I can’t watch anything with TC, the guy is so creepy it makes me completely uncomfortable just seeing him. To me he was always very creepy, and I still find it shocking he became this big HW Alister.

  19. Luca26 says:

    As crazy as Tom is Matt Lauer really is glib.

    • Mrs. Darcy says:

      I am no fan of Lauer, but in this instance I have sympathy. He was trying to rationalize with stonefaced crazy, which must be beyond frustrating when a person won’t give an inch and is effectively calling you stupid/misinformed on everything in such a weirdly condescending tone. Matt was patiently saying he had close contact/lived with people who benefit from medication, and Tom still spoke to him as though he were a 5 yr old. If you’ve ever seen any documentaries about Scientology/interviews with some of the higher ups in the cult, this is how they talk to everyone about everything. There was a BBC documentary a few yrs back where they basically drove the journalist into a meltdown with this technique. And now my favourite dry British documentarian Louis Theroux is entering the Scientology fray, I actually think he could produce something good as he is not easily rattled and (maybe) as good at getting under people’s skin as the Scientology loonies.

  20. Jade says:

    I try not to watch his movies because I don’t want to support his earnings going into Scientology. There are too many claims of abduction and kidnap so I’m not entirely comfortable with him. I know it may sound foolish and may be double standards but I don’t claim it makes sense.

    • TG says:

      @Jade – A lot of us feel the same. I haven’t watched a Cruise movie in years for the same reasons. He is a freak. Just watch those CO$ videos that leaked online.

  21. eliza says:

    A choice between Tom Cruise and Matt Lauer I will choose Cruise every time. I cannot stand Lauer.

    • Helvetica says:

      Me, too!

    • Tolva says:

      Me too. Lauer is a creep and a alleged cheat. His wife has looked miserable for a decade.
      For a former lawn mower salesman, he’s done quite well though, I ll give him that.

  22. Delta Juliet says:

    It’s funny that I have probably seen 2 or 3 episodes of Oprah, but I DID see the Tom Cruise one when it was on. I also happened to catch the Matt Lauer interview way back when too. Both were completely insane and I have never looked at Tom Cruise the same way since. He’s a weirdo.

  23. Lindy79 says:

    Nothing will beat that Scientologist legend award thing he got as a pure example of pure fuckwittery.
    The one he claims where Scientologists are the only people who can help if they come across an accident…I’d personally rather a medical professional Tom, thanks.
    Oh and lots of manic laughing, world peace, uniting cultures, getting people off drugs…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFBZ_uAbxS0

  24. als says:

    I don’t think Tom Cruise is crazy in this interview, he’s just being himself and since he does it so rarely, he appears crazy. Maybe he was sleep deprived or something else, whatever it was, he offered one of the few glimpses into who he really is.
    But Scientology is just stupid, mean and ignorant. Some drugs work on some people and don’t work on others. Some survive horrible diseases and others don’t. Some have dads and others don’t – what is the science behind that? If everything in life was rational and everything was based on science, the movie world wouldn’t exist, a world that aims to touch people’s hearts and feelings.

    Sex-appeal, feelings, human experience and stories, charisma, this is what Tom Cruise and other actors sell every day. If Tom Cruise was a scientist he would sell Scientology better, but he made his money from a field that exploits feelings and digs into the irational. I thougt actors search for the irational within us all. If he quit this stupid science – based camp of morons, he would have been a better actor – definitely has the potential.

    • PunkyMomma says:

      Spot on, als. If that interview is remembered for anything, it’s Cruise revealing himself.

  25. Kiddo says:

    You guys are forgetting the most entertaining crazy of the time…or maybe it came later. It was the CoS awards thingy, and they played the Mission Impossible theme song while Tom stood at a podium and laughed maniacally.

    That said, I’m not interested in the type of movie/genre he is into these days, so I’m not actively boycotting him, I’m just not interested in the action blow-up gig.

    • Lindy79 says:

      Haha great minds. I posted the link to the VT above

      Its amazing! (doesn’t have his actual award acceptance though :( )

      • Kiddo says:

        I couldn’t believe it was real. It was a ready made spoof.

        Also, Your post wasn’t up yet when I commented. Sorry for bringing it up later.

      • Bee says:

        Jesus, I could only get halfway through that video of him in the black turtleneck. He is so intense and self-congratulatory. And those Mission Impossible banjo chords over and over again jangled my nerves.

  26. Frida_K says:

    Matt dropped the ball. He should have said: “Tom, you say you’ve done the research. Excellent! Who are your scholarly sources? Are you approaching this from a history of medicine perspective or do you work from a scientific disciplinary realm? ” Pause. “Can you name some scholarly journals that you regularly read?

    That right there would have exposed Tom for the Sarah P@lin of psychiatric research and ended the conversation. Tom’s head would have exploded.

  27. Adrien says:

    Edge of Tomorrow was his best film. One of the best films I’ve seen this year. Made me forgive him for Rock of Ages and Knight and Day.

  28. FingerBinger says:

    I don’t like or dislike Tom Cruise,but why are people supposed to boycott him? Is it because of C.O.S.? Everyone and their mother is watching Orange is The New Black and Laura Prepon is a Scientologist. Are you supporting C.O.S. by watching OITNB?

    • Esmom says:

      Interesting point. Mad Men is a pretty big hit, too, and one of its big stars, Elisabeth Moss, is a Scientologist. I’m guessing these ladies get more slack since, from what I can gather, they tend to keep any eyebrow-raising views to themselves.

    • Kiddo says:

      I think because Tom is purportedly the number 2 guy in the organization and has had slave labor do work at his home. The other people supposedly do not wield the same type of power and influence inside. If there are abuses as alleged, he would be privy to them, I’m guessing.

      • Jade says:

        Yes Kiddo it’s because of that. Again, I am not saying it’s making sense, especially since all these have not been proven…I am just uncomfortable with TC. I don’t think he cares but I’ll take this position for now. I will not judge people who still watch his movies because a movie can still provide work for some good, hardworking folks.

      • Kiddo says:

        I’m just not into his movies as of late, so it doesn’t matter what he’s up to outside of that. I have nothing against the belief structure of CoS; to each, his own.

  29. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    I’m no medical personell but from personal experiences with bipolar syndrome this is how TC seems.

  30. Sam says:

    At the same time, it have been 10 years almost and in the realm of horrible celebrity antics, he seems harmless. His church is not but how much does he really know about his own faith? Many members are purposely left in the dark about it. I don’t see tom cruise as a menacing member who supports this but just a clueless supporter. I think kristy alley gets so much more scorn. Plus Tom racanted some of those statements.

    All of the continued mockery of him makes me sorry for him. From people who know him that I know, he is nice and hard working.

    • anon33 says:

      He has not recanted ANY statement about Scientology. Show me where he has.

      And he knows a lot about the faith-if you know anything about this situation (and there are TONS of books and articles that support this) he is practically the #2 in the organization. He knows exactly what is happening. His front is that “nice and hardworking’ persona that he presents to the public.

      And what the hell does it matter that Matt Lauer is also an asshole??? Why do peopel keep mentioning that? That has nothing at all to do with this situation, and he didn’t force Tom to act the way he did.

      NOT TO MENTION that since that pathetic sue attempt, he has STILL NOT BEEN SEEN WITH SURI.

      Where’s Suri, Tom?????? (tm Deangelo Barksdale)

    • Bridget says:

      Tom Cruise is reportedly HIGH up in the $ci hierarchy, he knows what’s up. He and Miscavige are very tight – Miscavige even went on his honeymoon with Holmes.

  31. corn on the cob says:

    Matt Lauer always seemed like an a**hole to me, but damn that was one good interview he had with crazy Tom. I never liked Tom Cruise but since that interivew at least I have a reason – He’s grade A stupid.

  32. holly hobby says:

    This coincided with his firing of Pat Kingsley as his media handler (on the other short midget’s orders no less). Pat pretty much tamped the crazy on that one and when he let her go in favor of his talentless sister, we got the real Tommy Cruise.

    I haven’t watched a Tommy Cruise movie since 2005. His expertise in post partum depression turned me off for good. Such a shame. I quite liked his movies up until then.

  33. Bridget says:

    It’s kind of like when people complain about the bad reality show edit – it wouldn’t have been possible for them to do if they hadn’t provided all of that footage in the first place. And I agree with Kaiser, because Cruise’s crazy was well beyond just 30 seconds of jumping on a couch. The press conference just after he proposed? Weird. The motorcycle entrance on the red carpet? The Kanye dance? The whole “I love Kate so much” press tour? The fight with Brooke Shields? EVERYTHING.

  34. sa says:

    I’ve never watched that interview before, but wow, Tom Cruise’s ego is impressive.

    “I don’t talk about things that I don’t understand.” LOL!

  35. CatJ says:

    If you want to know what the crazy COS is about, read Jenna Miscavige’s book about growing up in the cult and how she got out. It will “blow” your mind that this stuff goes on and most people don’t know about it. I would love to read an expose from Leah Remini. It is a frightening organization and yes, Tom knows what goes on and is treated like royalty by these brainwashed souls.

  36. M.A.F. says:

    Who is Miss Cabbage? The name has been mentioned a few times in this thread.

    • LAK says:

      it’s a deliberate mispronunciation of Miscavige. I can’t remember who first wrote it down, but it’s become the moniker for him.

      • M.A.F. says:

        Ah, got it.

        I take it his wife is still missing as well? Or has she been found? That was a big story when what’s her name decided to get out of the church, what a year ago?

  37. Emily C. says:

    Tony Ortega has a thorough takedown of the claim that the internet wrecked poor little Tommy’s career: http://tonyortega.org/2014/05/21/no-la-weekly-tom-cruises-career-was-not-ruined-by-a-gif/

    Tom Cruise wrecked his own career by being a terrible person. Though not enough, because they still love him overseas.

  38. itsetsyou says:

    I could see how Tom Cruise would be an awkward interviewee but Matt’s mentioning Sandra Bullock really surprised me. So I went on YouTube and looked up The Morning Show or whatever Matt is hosting with Sandra as a guest. From the moment she sits down to talk to him he talks about her naked scene at “The Proposal” LOL! No wonder…

  39. Tolva says:

    Matt Lauer is the reason The Today Show sank in ratings behind Good Morning America, IMO Matt Lauer is am jerk and it shows.
    Tom Cruise in movies is still a major moviestar who sells. I still love Tom Cruise in any movie he does. I just have always been a fan of his films. He’s a movie star with charisma and I find him quite good looking still. There are so many actors who have kept it on the downlow, the fact that they are/ were Scientology followers in Hollywood like Elizabeth Moss, Laura Prepon, Lisa Reminy for years until she broke away recently. I don’t really care what religion these people follow when it comes to what films or tv shows I choose to watch. If I am entertained or enjoy watching their films I go to the film or I watch them on tv. I could care less that Tom jumped on a sofa , or went off on Matt Lauer, to me he is still a stellar , entertaining actor who makes wonderful films. The guy is a Superstar who is still making money for his movies decade after decade. Even his supposed non hits. Would be major hits for any other star. Tom Cruise movies are still a long game Money machine for studios. He makes movie studios money.
    Matt Lauer is kind of a jerk, haven’t liked him since he got Ann Curry fired.
    Stopped watching a Today Sow because of that and went to Good Morning America.