Here at Popjournalism, weâ€™ve received such emphatic responses to the Open Letter to Katie Holmes that we thought it would only be fair to round things off with this “lost footage” from last weekâ€™s Primetime interview with Tom Cruise. Enjoy!
Diane: In the last two years, youâ€™ve starred in major blockbuster motion pictures such as War of the Worlds and most recently, Mission: Impossible 3. Do you think itâ€™s important for audiences to have that fantasy element in a film, where they can completely escape from reality?
Tom: *Smile fades* What do you mean?
Diane: Well, you know, the obvious implausibility of the events in those films.
Tom: *Chuckles softly and looks off in the distance* Right — right.
Diane: Do you ever fear that the attention surrounding you personal life is overshadowing your work?
Tom: *Furrows brow* I donâ€™t really want to get into my personal life right now, Diane.
Diane: Iâ€™m not looking for details on your personal life; just an objective —
Tom: I LOVE KATIE HOLMES!!! I love this woman. Do you want me to bring her out, Diane?
Diane: Well —
Tom: Do you??
Diane: I —
Tom: Well I canâ€™t — sheâ€™s actually on the other coast right now. But man — God, I just-I-I — you know Diane? I love that woman!
Diane: Iâ€™m going to have to address the reports that you plan on actually eating the placenta following the birth of your baby. Is this true?
Tom: You know — God! *thrashes fingers through hair* Why is such a big deal made of just Every. Little. THING. I mean — whatâ€™s sick is thatâ€“that in this country, it would be more acceptable to do a line of coke after the birth of your baby than to eat the placenta. *points finger accusingly* Now thatâ€™s whatâ€™s sick, Diane!
Diane: Do you regret telling Matt Lauer that he didnâ€™t understand the history of psychiatry like you did?
Tom: Geez! *laughs incredulously* you know — you just — you donâ€™t get it either, do you?
Diane: Is it true that your child will be taking the surname Cruise, even though you changed your surname to Cruise when you came to Hollywood in the interest of being a working actor?
Tom: Who told you that I changed my name?
Diane: It is actually public knowledge —
Tom: WHO TOLD YOU THAT I CHANGED MY NAME!?! *Charges camera*
Cameraman: What the hell are you doing?? Are you crazy?!
Tom: Would you look at this guy, Diane? This is a good guy! *slaps camera man on the back jovially* Thatâ€™s what I like to see. I like to see people do well.