Tom Cruise teaches Harvard students about Thetans

Even though I think there are several terrifying aspects of Tom Cruise and his Scientology “faith”, I still have to give the guy credit for some things. First, I totally respect how hard he works, whether he’s filming a movie or on promotional duties. He has an amazing work ethic, and I think that’s probably one of the biggest reasons he’s had a career that’s spanning three decades of superstardom, and why people in Hollywood were perfectly willing to give him a “comeback” after the couch-jumping incident. Secondly, I have to give Tom props for always going out of his way to talk to and spend time with his fans. He always appears very gracious and generous on that front, and I have so much respect for that.

So Tom’s entertainment lawyer was a guest lecturer at the Harvard Business school yesterday, and guess who showed up? According to sources, Tom chilled out with the students to listen to lawyer Bertram Fields’ lecture, and after the talk was over, Tom hung out with the kids and jokes around, being charming. That’s really sweet:

Tom Cruise, who’s in Boston filming his new rom-com Wichita with Cameron Diaz, swapped the film set for the classroom, when he joined a Harvard law class given by his own lawyer on Monday.

Hollywood legal eagle Bertram Fields was lecturing in the school’s entertainment law class Oct. 5, when the father-of-three snuck in, announcing he was there to see Bert speak.

Tom, 46, took his seat among the students, and gazed attentively at the guest lecturer, every so often sharing a joke with the lucky law student sitting next to him.

The Harvard Law Record reports that he interjected with stories about his own experience in entertainment and he “kept students laughing with his jokes.”

At one point the entire class yelled out the most famous line from his 1992 movie A Few Good Men, “You can’t handle the truth!”

After the lecture Tom, who’s been putting wife Katie Holmes through her paces on daily runs, “shared advice, stories, high fives, handshakes, hugs, and even at one point an impromptu dance.”

[From OK! Magazine]

See, even though I’m pretty sure Tom is crazy, I’d still like to meet him. I would be one of those people who’d stand in line to shake his hand, and I might even want to get my picture taken with him. He’s Tom Cruise! Yeah, he’s crazy. But he’s also a gifted actor and an outstanding businessman. Plus, if I got the chance to meet him, that might give Katie and Suri enough time to escape! Run, Katie, run!

Tom, Kate and Conner are shown running in Boston on 10/4/09. Credit: Fame Pictures. Other photos are credit Jessica Corsi/Harvard Law Review

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  1. Ash says:

    He may be a little crazy, but damn he still looks good.

  2. photo jojo says:

    He’s not ‘just a little crazy’. He’s part of a worldwide organization that perpetuates the stigma of mental illness. He spouts off against psychiatry and pharmacology with no knowledge of how many people need medications and psychiatric care to function. My two children need both, and Tom Cruise won’t get dime one of my money, ever again.

  3. Ash says:

    Well, I was being nice, but sure.

  4. TwinkleToes says:

    Wow, it takes guts for an uneducated, still dyslexic and mentally manic man to put himself in front of an elite student population. Maybe it just takes craziness. He’s known to be a good sport and do favors for friends.

  5. Tess says:

    If the woman he’s clenching hands with had been a tad more exuberant, he might have walked away with a compound facture.

    Reminds me of Seinfeld’s “Man Hands” episode.

    Or… maybe his own mitts are just incredibly petite.

  6. Roma says:

    Tom Cruise stole Tropic Thunder, especially with his gigantic hands and dancing. As much as I don’t like his personal beliefs I ended up liking him a little as a person since he insisted on acting that crazy for TT.

  7. Westender says:

    I may not be a fan of a lot of Tom Cruise’s movies ,but I have to say he always has time for his fans.

  8. viper says:

    *farts* ah, one step closer to immortality.

    All hail the overload ZENU!

  9. Joe says:

    Yeah, look who showed up- a high school dropout. Harvard is a liberal joke and stain on America.

  10. viper says:


  11. MizzExpert says:

    Don’t believe for a second that Scientology didn’t get him where he is. All it takes in return is for one ‘normal’ looking guy to sell it back to the rest of us. Along with David Letterman, there is so much more behind the scenes that is real and not fakery.

  12. princess pea says:

    @ Roma – “he insisted on acting that crazy for TT. ”

    He HAD to. His career was heading very quickly towards the shitter at that point. He won back a lot of public approval with a tiny comedic role. It was a very smart move, but it wasn’t about his great desire to take the challenge on… more like his great desire to remain relevant and get paid a bunch.

  13. Jazz says:

    Someone keep Tom Cruise and $cientology away from Harvard students!

  14. cindy says:

    Has anybody told him just face to face what a ________ (fill it in with just about anything) he is. Everybody (pictures and interviews seen)
    looks like they just tell him all the time he is great great great great great. Bad thing is he seems to really really believe it. Just gets on my nerves and yet I subject myself to reading this crap as fun.

  15. lennie says:

    The trouble with Tom Cruise is that he cannot do anything NOT related to scientology, every breath, every step, every move, every movie, every friend, every picture… and guess what? Now he is going to Harvard, not to be nice to some students give me a break! Just to have some credibility, yeah even Harvard now recognizes Scientology

  16. the original kate says:

    “Or… maybe his own mitts are just incredibly petite.”

    tess, don’t forget he is our tiny tom thumb! LMAO.

  17. samantha says:

    I love Tom Cruise! He’s intelligent, sincere, thoughtful and talented. He may be a bit zany at times, but he’s a terrific actor IMO! I always be a fan of his.

  18. Jacq says:

    He kinda looks like he’s about to punch her in the mouth-hole. Reminds me of that silly Internet video from the couch jumping incident where he’s shocking Oprah. Tee hee

  19. Tiffany says:

    Thank you Kaiser for saying something that most people don’t, that Tom Cruise has always been a fan based celebrity. For all that stuff that he has done in the media, granted of his own doing, you never hear of him mistreating fans, his staff or anyone on a movie crew, he always want people to be taken care.

    Now I will be one to say that he drew the line with Matt Lauer and Brooke Shields, but he stood up, realized he arrogance and apologized. With all that crap that celebrities are doing now and days, this is someone that is low on my list of people I would boycott with my money.

    The man can’t seem to win for losing. He stopped by and saw is attorney and friend give a lecture at Harvard, that is huge. If I knew someone was going to do something that important, I would be there as well. I wondered what had been said about him if he came in with an entorauge of 15 people and wanted them the sweep that place before he step foot in it and then blew off everyone who wanted to meet him.

    Alright, done ranting, Good Night.

  20. Ursula says:

    For all his problems- most of which are out of proportion- he seems like a nice guy who supports the people close to him and has time for his fans. Also, he has no diva vibe and does not whine. In the light of people like Kanye, I think people are starting to realize that actually, Cruise is one of the least problems in this world.