Dublin is abuzz this morning as Irish man Tom Cruise (yes apparently he has Irish roots in Dublin and Roscommon) and Bond girl Olga Kurylenko have come to town for the premiere of their new film, Oblivion.
Tom is one of the finest, hard working , and those who have met him say, nicest, actors of his generation.
Given that he is in Dublin, today I am going to look back at some of my favourite Tom Cruise big screen moments.
The Outsiders (1983)
One of Tom’s earliest films had him starring alongside actors, who like himself, have gone on to have huge success in Hollywood. The likes of Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze. Diane Lane, Emilio Estevez, Ralph Macchio shared the screen with Tom in one of S.E. Hinton’s best adaptions of one of her books.
Risky Business (1983)
This is the film that really got Hollywood, and the rest of the world’s, attention. It includes, one of film’s most iconic dance scenes.
Top Gun (1986)
“I feel the need, the need for speed!” Maverick is still one fo the coolest/cockiest characters to ever grace the big screen!
Rain Man (1988)
Tom should have won an Oscar for this performance!
After seeing this, everyone wanted their cocktails to be made just like Tom Cruise served them up!
A Few Good Men (1993)
“You can’t handle the truth” Tom vs Jack is one of the best onscreen battles you will see!
Jerry Maguire (1996)
This one is a 2 parter – first Tom in the famous “Show Me The Money” scene (this film earnt Cuba Gooding Jr an Oscar)
And here he is getting all sentimental/romantic “You Complete Me”
Tropic Thunder (2008)
Tom showed everyone that he is happy to take this piss and shed his looks for a good laugh. Here’s one of his most infamous, and crowd favourite, characters, Les Grossman
Tom has had such a varying and successful career, there are so many more clips I could have included but I have to stop somewhere. Hopefully Tom won’t be stopping any time soon though and there’ll be many more clips to add to this ever changing, and ever growing, list!
Thanks for the entertainment Tom!