Truth About Tom Cruise Acting Bizarrely On Movie Sets

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Tom Cruise Movie Sets

By Andrew Shuster |

Tom Cruise Movie Sets

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The tabloids frequently make up stories about Tom Cruise acting bizarrely on movie sets. Gossip Cop has debunked many variations of the narrative. Here are a few wrong rumors surrounding the actor’s on-set behavior.

In April, Gossip Cop busted RadarOnline for falsely claiming Cruise was demanding that the cast and crew of Mission: Impossible get in shape before they start filming the back-to-back sequels, or they’d be fired. According to the blog, the movie star had given everyone an ultimatum to get fit “or get out,” including the film’s director and other members of the crew. A source involved in the production of the upcoming Mission: Impossible movies assured us there was no truth to the story.

Meanwhile, Cruise revealed last year on James Corden’s “Late Late Show” that he gives out dessert to the cast and crew because he can’t eat it himself. “I love sugar but I can’t eat it because I’m training doing all these movies, so I send it to everyone,” said the actor, further joking that he vicariously enjoys sweets through his colleagues, including “the stunt team.”

Gossip Cop called out the Globe in January for wrongly reporting that Cruise was trying to recruit Top Gun: Maverick co-stars Miles Teller and Glenn Powell for Scientology. The magazine claimed that the movie star was handing out books and pamphlets about his religion on set, and during breaks from filming, he’d share “his insights and revelations with [his co-stars].” In reality, Cruise has worked on dozens of movies throughout the years, and he’s never been known to recruit his colleagues for Scientology. A production insider on Top Gun: Maverick assured us the article was fabricated.

Last year, Gossip Cop debunked a National Enquirer story about Cruise curing Val Kilmer’s cancer on the set of Top Gun: Maverick by using his touch and Scientology powers. The tabloid maintained that the movie star “miraculously healed” his co-star with his bare hands. But shortly before the article was published, Kilmer opened up about his battle with throat cancer in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, noting that he was recovering after undergoing chemotherapy. The actor made no mention of Cruise healing him through the power of touch, which didn’t happen.

And finally, Gossip Cop previously busted the Enquirer for falsely claiming Cruise yelled at the crew of Jack Reacher: Never Go Back for littering coffee cups on set. The magazine claimed the actor lashed out at his colleagues and called them all “filthy slobs” because they weren’t picking up after themselves. A source involved in the film told us in no uncertain terms that the incident “didn’t happen.” It should be noted, Vulture published a piece last year featuring dozens of stories about Cruise being “unsettlingly nice,” both on movie sets and off.


Shuster, Andrew. "Tom Cruise Firing ‘Mission: Impossible’ Cast And Crew Members Who Aren’t In Shape?" Gossip Cop, 30 Apr. 2019.

The Late Late Show with James Corden. "Angela Bassett & James Know About Tom Cruise's Cakes." YouTube, 25 Jul. 2018.

Shuster, Andrew. "Tom Cruise Recruiting ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Co-Stars For Scientology?" Gossip Cop, 6 Jan. 2019.

"Tom Cruise Cured Val Kilmer’s Cancer With His Touch And Scientology Powers?" Gossip Cop, 15 June 2018.

Abramovitch, Seth. “Val Kilmer Opens Up About Battling Cancer and His Kids' Showbiz Ambitions.” The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Dec. 2017.

Shuster, Andrew. "Tom Cruise Yelled At ‘Jack Reacher’ Crew For Making Mess On Set?" Gossip Cop, 15 Aug. 2016.

Sapienza, Ethan and Harris, Hunter. "22 Unsettlingly Nice Tom Cruise Stories." Vulture, 1 Aug. 2018.