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LAist's Love For Money: Tom Cruise Edition

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Let's face it -- Tom Cruise must really be worried.

Every time the guy reaches a turning point in his career... Every time we start to think that his movies are grossing less than other "not-so amazing movie stars..." Every time he's got a movie coming out...

He hooks up with another woman.

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Unnamed sources located in the highest positions of power here in Hollywood have whispered about Cruise and his methods on more than one occasion. That Cruise's relationships have been coordinated by the Church of Scientology to give the illusion that he is a ladies man, a stud, and a sex symbol in an attempt to keep people going to see his movies. That every single relationship since his two year stint with Rebecca DeMornay and his marriage to Mimi Rodgers (who introduced Cruise to Scientology) has been engineered to reap huge box office gold.

Don't get us wrong -- it's a two way street here.

Nicole Kidman was, for all intents and purposes, an Australian nobody before the Cruise/Kidman relationship was coordinated. Barely known for her role in Deep Calm, Kidman's movie-romance with Cruise in Days of Thunder was the perfect storybook beginning for the Aussie and Tommy me Boy. Both actors shot into the stratosphere, and even adopted a few kids in the process to continue the charade.

But then L. Ron Hubbard started to annoy Kidman. And she bolted.

What could Cruise do? His people snapped to attention and tried to coordinate a new plan of attack. After all, Cruise had a new movie called Vanilla Sky coming out into theaters. It was a quirky, weird flick that needed something pushing it from behind. His people quickly ushered in the Penelope Cruz relationship, adding drama and tabloid sheen to the relationship.

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But then Penelope lost interest. And left Cruise all by his lonesome.

And now, months later, on the eve of The War of the Worlds hitting theaters, the Cruise camp (now run by his own Scientology sister) has returned to their roots. What once worked so well for Cruise (taking an attractive somebody and combining her with his star status) has happened once again. Katie Holmes, also on the eve of her biggest film release Batman Begins has been officially linked with Cruise.

In fact...in the strangest of strange, Cruise's camp actually admitted to their whirlwind romance only a few weeks since it began. Talk about really needing some press. Uncomfortable kisses, weird looks and photo ops galore -- it's just the beginning of the next chapter in Tom Cruise's extremely-choreographed love life.

Oh yes, the summer will come and go... And Cruise's film and Holmes' film will do well. The relationship will last long enough to do what it's been engineered for, and the two will go their separate ways, having reaped benefits on all sides. Cruise will have been confirmed, once again, to be a cad and a womanizer while Katie Holmes will be considered for larger roles as a result of finally getting to date the guy she had a crush on when she was 12.

Really, it's all about love for money in this town.

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God. We wish it was us.