Opinion Comment

Monday 23 October 2017

James Dempsey: Tom Cruise cast as a s 210lbs, six foot five bruiser? Now that is a Reacher ...

Cast member Tom Cruise poses at the premiere of
Cast member Tom Cruise poses at the premiere of "Rock of Ages" at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood. Photo: Reuters

SPARE a thought for cynical movie bloggers everywhere, for it’s been a busy week; not content with merely pointing out the flaws in Prometheus’ plots,,or alluding to the Irritable Bowel Syndrome school of acting that has propelled Kristen Stewart to becoming Hollywood’s highest paid actress, now the trolling commenters get to have a right old Billy Goats huff about Tom Cruise.

In the past, Cruise has always been easy fodder for the snide sharpshooters of the web’s underbelly, connoisseurs of scoffing who openly pour scorn from behind a screen name. From every corner of the globe, he’s become a target for intercontinental ballistic messages designed, at their most innocent, to lampoon and, at their worst, to undermine his credibility with links to shady celebrity religions of which not even Maureen Lipman in her BT heyday could approve.



And now, in the space of a week or so, the diminutive actor has seen his much-publicised TomKat neutered, with months of speculative blaming and inside scoops on custody battles to follow. Not to mention turning 50 on Monday.

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