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Essay Tom Cruise

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Essay - Tom Cruise TABLE OF CONTENTS ESSAY - TOM CRUISE 1 TABLE OF CONTENTS I BASIC INFORMATION 1 2 ANALYSIS OF FAME 2 3 POWER OF PUBLICITY 3 4 FILM TRAILER ANALYSIS 4 4.1 TOP GUN 5 4.2 VANILLA SKY 6 5 FINAL ANALYSIS 7 BASIC INFORMATION Tom Cruise was born on 3 July 1962, Syracuse, New York, USA. Originally, Cruise wanted to become a Priest at the age of 14, an ironic concept, compared to what his true career was to become. If you were to hear the name Tom Cruise, two words would generally come to mind, these words being "Small" and "Scientology". Fortunately for Cruise, the latter term brought his fame up a level, not altogether in a positive way however. An example of this is in 1992, where, in an interview, Cruise claimed that Scientology has cured his dyslexia. More information on Cruise's fame through Scientology can be found in Chapter 2. In 2006, Cruise, married Katie Holmes (his 3rd wife), however after finding his new love, he appeared to become deluded into thinking he had more public power than he actually did, shown in the Oprah scene. ...read more.

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This is a classic example of a celebrity overusing their power, of which Cruise imagined he had a great deal of. Onto another topic, Cruise, seemingly inadvertently, leaks a video of him talking about his passion for Scientology. The video released on January 15, 2008, shows Cruise being interviewed, with the ironically background music from Mission Impossible playing in the background, denoting his action filled persona. 4 FILM TRAILER ANALYSIS In this Chapter, I will analyse two separate films. The two films I am going to analyse are Top Gun and Vanilla Sky. The images above show two very juxtaposing films where, between a period of time, Cruise differentiates his genres in acting - From action in Top Gun, to romance in Vanilla Sky. 4.1 TOP GUN In May 1986, Cruise's big hit was released. Top Gun became the highest grossing film of the year, taking in $354 million in worldwide. Cruise plays the heroic marine pilot, a seemingly Perfect Fit role for him. Personally I believe this to be rationalised by his real life cocky mind-set. The Trailer The trailer creates an atmosphere of fast beating action, shown by the quick-burst cuts/edits. ...read more.

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The latter word is yet another reminder of the surrealism of the film. 5 FINAL ANALYSIS In general, I believe Cruise's career has been a path of ups and downs. His life outside movies brought controversy with his multiple marriages, and stories of his love for Scientology. As with most actors and actresses, he had a big break, for Cruise, being in 1986 in the film Top Gun. From then on his fame took a high, with several big hit films, starring him, being released. Over time however, his fame somewhat faltered and shrunk. The infamous Oprah scene brought about some of this disapproval in his self-publicity stunts. Overall, I think that Tom Cruise has led the usual Hollywood life of fame and fortune and some unfortunate events of which he will probably wish to forget. His acting brought his true fame from the start, and tradition was only to be carried on by his publicity stunts. Yet I believe there are still some uncovered truths about this iconic actor, yet to be discovered. Undoubtedly they will be one day. Table of Contents 7 Basic Information 7 Analysis of Fame 7 Power of Publicity 7 Film trailer analysis 7 Top Gun 7 Vanilla Sky 7 Final Analysis 7 ...read more.

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