We all love Tom Cruise. His movies keep us on the edge of our seat and help us believe that good will win out in the end. But Cruise isn’t so much of an actor as he is a movie star. That means he doesn’t really play characters (OK, there was that one time in Tropic Thunder); instead, he plays different versions of himself. And we would include his performance as the vampire Lestat as just an undead, fancier version of himself.
If Tom Cruise were a car brand, he’d be Land Rover: powerful yet stylish. If he were a beverage, he’d be a Coke: bubbly and all-American. Like cars and beverages, actors, too, have brands. Cruise knows his brand is sexy action hero, and he always delivers. And all of these things are on brand for every Tom Cruise movie.
1. He takes off his clothes
In The Mummy, Cruise emerges from a body bag — naked, of course.
In Risky Business, he sings pants-less.
Then there’s that famous volleyball match in Top Gun where he’s all greased up.
2. He runs breathlessly through the city with mad panic
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