Tom Cruise had a box office hit this summer with Mission: Impossible — Fallout. But recent months have been filled with phony stories about his career. Below, Gossip Cop takes a look at five wrong movie rumors related to the actor.
Last fall, In Touch claimed Cruise was not only dating his Mission: Impossible co-star Vanessa Kirby, but he was planning to marry her. "He wants to make her the next Mrs. Tom Cruise... He thinks she's perfect to be his next wife," the tabloid alleged. The magazine also peddled a similar narrative earlier in the year. But the colleagues weren't romantically involved at all, regardless of the ongoing storyline. Gossip Cop was assured they were "just co-stars," and we proven right weeks later when Kirby herself told the Daily Mail there was "zero truth" to the relationship claims.
In February, Star alleged Cruise was begging Kelly Preston to star alongside him in the Top Gun sequel. "Tom thinks she's super talented, not to mention sexy," a so-called "source" was quoted as saying. As the story went, Cruise's interest was supposedly upsetting Preston's husband and fellow Scientologist, John Travolta. Gossip Cop observed that it appeared this tale was only concocted because Cruise and Travolta are arguably the two biggest celebrity Scientologists, and this article pit them against each other. No trade publication had reported anything about Preston being in the mix for Top Gun, and that's still the case today. And just last month, it was revealed it will be Jennifer Connolly who is joining Cruise for Top Gun 2: Maverick.
That same month, RadarOnline ran a story contending Cruise was competing with Daniel Craig to be the industry's top "action hero." A supposed insider claimed to the site, "Tom is so determined to out-do Daniel, especially when it comes to stunts." It was further asserted, "He'll do whatever it takes to prove he's the better action man, even when that means taking all kinds of dangerous risks." These allegations, however, didn't make sense since Cruise's commitment to stunts started long before Craig took on the role of James Bond. Gossip Cop highlighted a 2016 USA Today article that celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Mission: Impossible franchise by looking back at the crazy stunts Cruise had pulled off. Craig didn't join the Bond world until 2005, nearly a decade after the Mission: Impossible series began. Cruise wasn't carrying out a rivalry with his fellow actor, but simply continuing to embrace one of the signature aspects of his movies.
In June, the National Enquirer wanted readers to believe that Cruise cured Val Kilmer of his throat cancer during an encounter on the Top Gun 2 set. It was claimed Kilmer was "miraculously healed" after Cruise "used the 'touch assist' method by touching Val and instructing him to 'feel my finger.'" Insisted an untraceable source, "And poof! Val started to feel a whole lot better." There was nothing to substantiate these far-fetched contentions, and the timing of them only further proved they were made-up. Kilmer had already told The Hollywood Reporter last December that he underwent chemotherapy for his cancer. Had his illness continued, it's unlikely he would've been medically cleared to join the Top Gun sequel. The actor had to be deemed healthy enough to work before stepping foot on step, which means he wouldn't have needed Cruise's "assistance" when they crossed paths during the production.
Most recently, late last month Woman's Day suggested sparks were flying between Cruise and "Extra" host Renee Bargh during the Mission: Impossible press tour. "Tom usually loathes doing media, but it was like he forgot the camera was there as soon as he laid eyes on Renee," a purported tipster claimed in the article, further maintaining, "Tom wanted to keep talking when the cameras were off, and who could blame him?" To further fuel the idea of a love connection between the movie star and the journalist, the magazine pointed out that Bargh posted on Instagram a photo she took with Cruise during their meeting. But as Gossip Cop exposed, this wasn't proof of a blossoming relationship. It was common practice. A number of red carpet hosts shared on social media photos from their interviews with Cruise at the film's various screenings, including, for example, Carly Steel of "Entertainment Tonight." Her experience with Cruise was no different than Bargh's, yet there were no romance rumors between them. That's because all parties were simply doing their job.
These five examples are indicative of what happens when aspects of Cruise's movie career are used for tabloid fodder. The publications take kernels of truth — a new project, a press appearance — and build bogus stories around them. But real professional news about Cruise, and really any celebrity, is rarely broken by the tabloids. And the actor has kept his personal life so tightly under wraps the last few years that these magazines don't have real insight on that, either. Keep that in mind the next time you see one of the gossip outlets claiming to have a scoop.
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