There are some things that celebrities do that can never be taken back. Some examples include Britney's head shaving, Nick Nolte's erratic drug-and-alcohol fuelled bender a few years ago, and Michael Richards' racist explosion. Near the top of the celebrity mishap list is Tom Cruise's infamous couch-jumping on Oprah. Since then, it's been impossible to forget.
In his pre-Scientology days, Cruise was the man. Every film he was in was a blockbuster (usually), and he was considered sexy, intelligent, and one of Hollywood's golden boys. But ever since he jumped and yelled on that couch, things have started to change. Now it's difficult not to picture his maniacal grin or hear his grating, boistrous laughter whenever his name pops up.
In the past few weeks, Cruise has been on a pilgrimage across North America to promote Valkyrie, his most-likely-a-flop film about a German on a mission to kill Hitler. He's working every PR outlet and TV show in order to eradicate his -- I'm just going to say it -- image as a crazy person. He refuses to answer any questions about Scientology, referring any such questions to the actual Church. Is that not a startling, 180-degree departure from his previous rants about how great the religion is and how everyone should practise it?
He's also been back-pedalling on his earlier assertion that psychiatry is a 'pseudo-science'. He now claims he could have reacted better to fellow Hollywooder Brooke Shields' usage of anti-depressants. It seems preachy Tom has now settled down, most likely at the advice of his publicists and handlers.
Is it wrong of me (us, and the public) to be so unforgiving? Maybe. But why should someone who so blatantly puts his career on the line deserve a second chance? He knew the repercussions of his actions, but was so CERTAIN of his position that he didn't give a damn who he ostracized. Say he was preaching Christianity with the ridiculous fervour that he used with Scientology - surely his fans of other faiths would be just as irritated and put off. It goes to show: admirers love celebrities for just that. Celebrity. Your allure tends to wear off when you tell us what God to believe in or who to vote for.
Thus far into his campaign, his image-remodelling attempt has been an astronomical failure. Media outlets aren't giving him much coverage, and if they do, each one of them shows the couch-jumping sequence. He even made an appearance in Toronto at MuchMusic headquarters (his quote, 'I've always loved Toronto', speaks volumes); but let it be known I don't even think the man's been in this city before, or at least not very often since his filming of Cocktail (thanks Cindy1d! Didn't know that.). Less people showed up for the appearance than anticipated - traffic didn't even need to be stopped on Queen Street, a feat easily achieved by the likes of the Jonas Brothers, Hilary Duff, or even Gwen Stefani.
Much like his Valkyrie character's mission to kill Hitler - it ain't gonna happen, Tom. Best to just let it go.