Not cruising anymore.
Tom is not cruising anymore. The Cruise film Mission Impossible III was no blockbuster and was more lackluster than anything else. The film was booked in 4,000 cinemas on expectations of high interest and it was thought by industry experts that it would do close to $70 million in slaes on the opening weekend. Instead it didn't quite make it to $48 million. It could be the film. But it clearly is the actor himself. Polls on how the public perceives him show a dramatic decline in the last year.
About one year ago his film War of the World premiered and 58% of the public had a favourable view of him but this year it is only 35%. Cruise is not very popular with the movie going public.
Why is that? A spokesman for Cruise blamed the media. Of course it is not Cruise himself. The spokesman said: "The public has been besieged with these images. Whose fault is that? Tom hasn't done anything."
Excuse me: Wacko Tom Cruise hasn't done anthing. How about his public attacks on psychiatry on behalf of his space-alien Scientology cult? What of his attacks on Brooke Shields for using antidepressants when suffering postpartum depression? What about his wacko jumping up and down on Oprah's couch? What about his Scientology silent-birth issue? Right, Tom didn't do anything and George Bush didn't do anything to get people upset with him either!
Now what is surprising is that in the entire Reuters report on this topic they manage to never mention the Scientologists once. One of the weirdest, wacko cults in America today and Cruise is a very public promoter of it. Hell, I even saw him claiming miraculous cures were possible through this cult. Cruise has become increasingly unhinged and his actions for the cult are more and more obvious all the time. Could it be that the American people don't like this?
It's a lose-lose situation for Cruise to promote his weird beliefs. First, the secular side of America won't like this cult stuff just because it is so publicly religious. Second, the Christian side of America won't like it because it is a weird cult instead of a Christian cult --- not that some of them aren't pretty weird as well. So the more Cruise pushes the bizarre science fiction cult the more he alienates ticket buyers. But he has the Scientology fans wrapped up. Too bad that's not too many.