We’ve all got one Tom Cruise moment – deadline

Every journalist who has covered Hollywood in the Golden Age that was fairly expansive Risky business (1983) Top gun: Maverick (Now) there was a Tom Cruise moment. I had mine in 2002.

My father has just died. It was a rough death, not a quick one, and as I was returning from Sacramento for the last time, I made a promise to myself: I would be at peace with everyone for a while. No war. There is no argument. Whatever someone asked, I will do as much as I can.

Luckily, the first test took place somewhere near Bakersfield. On the way I got a call from Raushan, now its editor Los Angeles MagazineThen Tina Brown’s editorial director Talk.

We have a problemMaer explained. Talk Some theme issues about business and / or professional life in America were fixed. But Tina promised to give Tom Cruise a cover. Maer could not see a connection. But maybe I could figure it out. The interview was pre-set. Stay at Hotel Bell-Air for about three days, interview the cruise and write something, if not brighter, at least wise.

That’s right. No war. There is no argument. Just an interview with Tom Cruise.

When I got home, my 14-year-old son’s first words were: “I’m so sorry, Dad. I heard of Tom Cruise. We have long wanted to deal with my father’s fall; And he knew how I felt about celebrity interviews. I didn’t like them.

But there it was. So I went to the Santa Monica Library, which was more of a repository of information than a homeless camp in those days, and studied. Mostly, I read some old, largely sympathetic books on Scientology, which seem to be an external encyclopedia of scientific terms, beliefs, and “technology.” I thought it might not hurt. Just in case.

Where things have become interesting.

I really met Bell-Air Cruise. It was one of those bright, fresh Southern California winter mornings when you couldn’t see why anyone would live anywhere else. Tom was charming. Of course, he smiled. But I got straight to the point.

We have a problem, I said. The next issue is about business and professional life. But we got a movie star on the cover — you. If we don’t want to look ridiculous, we both need to find out. Risky business Guy, Jerry Maguire, Top gun Hotshot, Impossible mission (With Minority reports Then call), doctor, or lawyer, or investment banker, or anyone can teach TalkIts ad-hungry publishing staff may remember.

His everlasting achievement, and my endless gratitude, Cruz never blinked. Instead, he began an intelligent, structured conversation about his film, his career, his goals, and the principles he saw through the ups and downs of a slippery, treacherous art. After preparing in the library, I can follow the basic scientific parts. Mostly, it was direct, real and he did it all.

God bless her.

Because there was more adventure. For one thing, Talk Fold before releasing the piece. But the disappearance of a magazine, Pat Kingsley, Cruz’s preacher at the time, did not allow him to be deprived of a cover. He somehow managed to ship the whole thing over EsquireWhich it published in a forecast headline in May: “The most dangerous place.”

Cruz has never been a friend অনেক professionally far away, I never thought I would have a movie friend. But he must have been satisfied for a while. Once, he sent a plexiglass stand-up engraved with the essential maxim of Scientology. My son kept it as one of his pop cultural artifacts, along with a Charles Bukowski poster and a Stooges album he found. At one point, Cruz invited my wife, Judy, and I to a gorgeous banquet at the Celebrity Center for Scientology.

We went. It was weird, mostly because we were sitting at a table with a few creative artist agents and top people at Paramount Pictures who weren’t comfortable. In fact, one particular Paramount officer sitting to my left was so excited that Judy gently asked if we could leave halfway through the process. “That guy is making me nervous,” he said.

As we slipped, the parking wallet gave me a push. “I’m sorry you have to leave soon,” he said. “We all read your article.”

Cruz sent a note saying he was sorry too, we could not stay, but he hoped we would have a chance to talk one day.

But we never did. My Tom Cruise moment is over.

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