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Maverick Facts About The Tom-ultuous Tom Cruise

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Tom Cruise talks on a phone in a scene from the film 'Jerry Maguire', 1996. (Photo Credit: TriStar/Getty Images)

To say Hollywood “Maverick” Tom Cruise is a ball of energy might be a teensy bit understated. In fact,  he’s so electrifying that Will Smith described him as a “cyborg!”

Is the Cruiser really that extreme? It certainly sounds like it. Find out what Smith was referring to, along with some other Tom-ultuous facts, below.

I am legend… no wait a minute, he is!

SANTA BARBARA, CA – JANUARY 27: Actors Will Smith (L) and Tom Cruise attend the Santa Barbara Film Festival Modern Master Award Presented to Will Smith at the Arlington Theatre on January 27, 2007 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

SANTA BARBARA, CA – JANUARY 27: Actors Will Smith (L) and Tom Cruise attend the Santa Barbara Film Festival Modern Master Award Presented to Will Smith at the Arlington Theatre on January 27, 2007 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

Will Smith has released his much-anticipated memoir, appropriately titled Will. It’s here that he mentions his admiration for Tom Cruise.

After taking movie star advice from fellow action man Arnold Schwarzenegger, the younger Smith decided to focus on self-publicizing his movies. To reach the top, he’d climb a mountain of interviewers and shake hands with thousands of fans at the summit.

Cruise was definitely racking up the hours in terms of press. So Smith “vowed to do two hours more than whatever he did in every country.”

How did that work out? It appears Smith was exhausted while Cruise didn’t break a sweat. “Tom Cruise is either a cyborg, or there are six of him,” Smith writes in the book.

Still, Smith got his revenge, kind of. Producers of the original Disney Aladdin reportedly conceived the Genie as Tom Cruise. When the studio remade the classic as a live-action version, guess who got the top job? Will Smith.

The best run in the business

Still from Mission: Impossible – Fallout (Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures / MovieStillsDB)

Still from Mission: Impossible – Fallout (Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures / MovieStillsDB)

You’ve got to hand it to Tom Cruise, the man is light on his feet. And his movies make more money if he breaks into a run.

The surprising discovery was made by Rotten Tomatoes, who closely analyzed Cruise’s output. Even down to calculating how far he sprinted in each flick! Apparently he “has sprinted a little over 24,000 feet on screen throughout his 37 years in the movies.”

No action figures!

Actor Tom Cruise performs a stunt on set for ‘Mission: Impossible 6 Gemini’ filming on April 10, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo Credit: Pierre Suu/GC Images)

Actor Tom Cruise performs a stunt on set for ‘Mission: Impossible 6 Gemini’ filming on April 10, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo Credit: Pierre Suu/GC Images)

Though he nearly played Iron Man, Tom Cruise hasn’t appeared in a comic book cinematic universe to date. And if he did, there’d be trouble on the merchandising front.

You see, he doesn’t allow companies to use his face for products like action figures. The same reportedly goes for video games. This makes things awkward for fans looking to play with their favorite character!

Cruise’s calling

US actor, Tom Cruise speaks during the inauguration of the Church of Scientology in Madrid, 18 September 2004 (Photo Credit: PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

US actor, Tom Cruise speaks during the inauguration of the Church of Scientology in Madrid, 18 September 2004 (Photo Credit: PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Before he became a Scientologist, the young Cruise was set to join the ranks of the Catholic Church in Cincinnati. As pal Shane Dempler commented to the Daily News, they “thought the priests had a great lifestyle.”

However, things went south after the pair decided to spirit away some liquor from the monks. In a possible foreshadowing of Mission: Impossible, the good stuff was stolen by one and thrown from a window to the other.

The authorities found out and Cruise was out the door, though his involvement in the drama club at St Francis Seminary School sparked a passion for performance.

Getting cheeky with Hitler

Valkyrie publicity still (Photo Credit: United Artists / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / MovieStillsDB)

Valkyrie publicity still (Photo Credit: United Artists / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / MovieStillsDB)

Valkyrie (2008) showed Tom Cruise in a darker mood than usual, playing a Nazi Colonel with an eyepatch who plotted to bring down the Führer.

The tense drama was offset by an argument… about Cruise’s flawless butt! Viewers got the idea the star – well into his forties – was faking it, when a scene required him to bare his multi-million dollar man cakes.

Cruise played along, revealing there were no special effects involved and that he did all his own mooning.

There’s a Tom Cruise day in Japan

Actor Tom Cruise poses for photos with Japanese fans in the arrival lobby at Haneda Airport August 28, 2003 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo Credit: Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images)

Actor Tom Cruise poses for photos with Japanese fans in the arrival lobby at Haneda Airport August 28, 2003 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo Credit: Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images)

As Will Smith noted, Tom Cruise gets around in his role as a world-famous movie icon. One country in particular wanted to mark his frequent appearances by giving everyone time off in his honor.

Cruise “paid more visits to Japan than any other Hollywood star, so he is the first one to receive his own holiday in the country,” writes CheatSheet.

He (allegedly) enjoys a game of hide and seek

US actor Tom Cruise and British-US actress Hayley Atwell are pictured during the filming of “Mission Impossible : Lybra” on October 6, 2020 in Rome. (Photo Credit: ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images)

US actor Tom Cruise and British-US actress Hayley Atwell are pictured during the filming of “Mission Impossible : Lybra” on October 6, 2020 in Rome. (Photo Credit: ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images)

With his infectious enthusiasm, Cruise sometimes comes across as almost like a big kid. In fact, he’s reportedly been known to invite fellow adults to play hide and seek with him. In 2015 actress and former Scientologist Leah Remini stated that Cruise invited house guests to join him in some playground-style antics.

Remini wasn’t game apparently. Though a certain Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett-Smith were in attendance! The King of Queens star made the allegations in her memoir Troublemaker.

“According to former Scientology church executive Mike Rinder,” wrote Metro, “the Smiths are not Scientologists but they are very friendly with Cruise.” If the incident happened as Remini said, did the Smiths accept Cruise’s reported offer?

Dropping off relatives

Tom Cruise and mom, Mary Lee Mapother during The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards – Arrivals at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)

Tom Cruise and mom, Mary Lee Mapother during The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards – Arrivals at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)

What better way to treat your beloved parent on Mother’s Day than to… have her jump out of a plane? That’s what happened when Tom Cruise invited Mary Lee down to Florida, where he was shooting Days Of Thunder (1990).

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“I didn’t tell her what was happening,” he said on The Late Late Show With James Corden in 2018. “I just said, ‘Come with me, Mom.’”

How did she react to this extreme request? According to Cruise, she replied: “‘OK, honey. Let’s do it.’” Turns out he’s a chip off the old block