Cruising to Redemption

May 13th, 2008

Has Tom Cruise re-surfaced from the deep, dark waters of media hell?

In 2005, Cruise appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show, maniacally declaring his love for his fiancée Katie Holmes by jumping on the couch and crying out in fanatical laughter. Audiences were shocked at his odd public display of affection for Katie, and many said his image was forever tainted. It didn’t help that shortly after, Cruise was blasted for his rant against Brooke Shields and psychiatry and his aggressive behavior towards Matt Lauer on the Today show. Suffice it to say that 2005 was not the best year for Tom Cruise.

What followed Cruise’s interview mishaps was a maelstrom of media messes. Cruise became the target of every late night TV show’s jokes. Even worse, rumors swirled that his marriage to Katie Holmes was simply a publicity stunt – and that his baby Suri was not his biological child. Cruise became the butt of every joke and his status as the revered “hunk of all time” slipped big time.

But, Cruise is no fool. His plan to revamp his image started with – you guessed it – Oprah.

But instead of visiting Oprah’s couch again (no need to bring back the crazy image again), he invited the talk-queen to his home in Telluride, Colorado. He openly discussed the “couch” incident, the bad press and the rumors surrounding his family-life. Instead of acting fanatical, he was somber, good-humored and direct. A New York Times article likens his interview performance to “a political candidate seeking to undo a gaffe.” Is Tom Cruise in the clear? We can’t yet be sure, but it looks like he’s got quite the cruise to take before he’s back to his Risky Business days.

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