Nice info about Paramount, dudalb. Thanks.
All these posts are solid. Your arguments make sense.
As a follow-up comment to Mastonikolas, you're right.
The interesting thing with this whole Cruise/Kat debacle is that we have finally, historically, seen the beginning of the end of the world's top star.
Each other period in history they've just sort of been replaced gradually as they grow older. Paul Newman/Burt Reynolds/Clint Eastwood - To Stallone/Murphy - etc. Nothing dramatic happened. We didn't really "see" it coming. It just happened. They got older and someone younger, more hip came along.
But with all this over-exposure and weirdness coming out of Cruise lately, we've managed to see our first global superstar actually Jump The Shark.
Stranger still is that I'm more consciously aware of Cruise's short stature now. Never have been before. Ever. But suddenly I'm seeing him as a short guy.
Is it because I see him too much now and get to compare him more to those he's standing with or being interviewed by? I'm not sure. I think it's a psychological thing associated with the energetic bursts coming out of him left and right over the last month. He actually looks small sitting there and babbling. I can't explain it any better than that.
And hey, I'm all about supporting free will. Screw me. Scream from the rooftops what you believe in.
But when it's a religion based on a book a science fiction writer wrote that charges you money to become more enlightened, that just gets a little weird for me.
I want old Tom back. But I don't think it's humanly possible to get there. Once the cat is out of the bag...
...Ya cain't stuff him back in with an E-Meter.
I guess the old saying is true: Mystery is a powerful lure.
Give us back our mystery, Tom. Please.
Hopefully WOTW doesn't suffer from this over-exposure.
Spielberg must be crapping himself.