Recent photos have shown Tom Cruise working hard on the set of Mission Impossible 7, where he has been taking all the necessary safety precautions...
By, quite ridiculously, wearing 2 face masks.Yep, the Hollywood icon is clearly taking no chances.
Now, you will probably recognize Cruise the best from his role in the Mission Impossible franchise.In the films, Cruise plays Ethan Hunt, a role he has comprised since 1996.
Alongside his action roles, however, Cruise has shown an impressive range.In fact, he's won 3 Golden Globes and has been nominated for 3 Oscars for his more "serious" ventures, including Rain Man, The Fourth of July, and Jerry Maguire.
But, aside from his movie career, there's something else that Cruise is known for.And that is, quite simply, being a weird guy. His disingenuous persona in interviews alongside the oddly secretive nature of his private life has led many to believe that all is not what it seems with Cruise.
There's been a fair amount of speculation as to what's really going on.So much so, in fact, that it's turned into something of a full-blown conspiracy theory. Feeling confused? Let's start from the beginning.
Tom Cruise has been entrenched in the controversial religion of Scientology since 1990.
via: Getty ImagesAnd many speculate that a lot of the weirdness in his life can be attributed to his religious beliefs. The majority of these centers around Cruise's weird romantic relationships.
He came to the Church through his first wife, Mimi Rogers.
via: Getty ImagesRogers was 6 years Cruise's senior and the pair often appeared to have little in the way of intimate connection. This led some to speculate that this was more of a marriage of convenience.
Cruise's next marriage was even more high-profile.
via: Getty ImagesHe met fellow actress, Nicole Kidman, on the set of Days of Thunder and the pair married just ten months after his first divorced form finalized.
The couple even started a family together.
via: Getty ImagesKidman and Cruise adopted 2 children, Connor and Isabella, during their brief marriage.
Again, many noticed something strange about the partnership.
via: Getty ImagesJust look at this photo - it seems almost as though Nicole Kidman is a husk of her former self. She looks exhausted and empty. Life with Cruise sure doesn't look easy.
And, for further evidence:
via: TwitterThese images of Nicole Kidman leaving her lawyer's office after filing for divorce from Tom Cruise speak volumes.
After Cruise's second one-year marriage came to an end, some suspected outside intervention.Many believed that the reason that Cruise was undertaking repeated short and failed marriages is because he's secretly not attracted to women. Scientology couldn't have this - and so it supposedly stepped in to ensure that his next marriage would be a success.
Scientology puts a lot of stock in its celebrity associations.
via: Getty ImagesWhich meant that, for them, finding Tom Cruise a "perfect wife" was a matter of urgency.
So religious leaders buckled down.
via: Getty ImagesChurch leader, David Miscavige (along with wife Michele, who's now missing - but that's another story), reportedly made finding Cruise a girlfriend into something of a project.
There are claims that the whole thing was like an audition.Girls were shipped in and tested for their qualifications to be a good Scientologist partner for Cruise.
And the eventual winner?It was young and aspiring actress, Katie Holmes. Want to hear something weird? In a previous magazine interview, Holmes had claimed that she'd dreamt of marrying Tom Cruise since she was a little girl. Creepy stuff.
The pair went public with their relationship in April 2005.
via: Getty ImagesBut right from the beginning, some noticed the same odd body language that Cruise had previously displayed with his ex-wives.
And the less he said about this, the better.(For those who don't remember, Cruise was interviewed by Oprah and jumped on his sofa in one of the most unconvincing displays of love of all time.)
Shortly after, Holmes announced that she was pregnant.
via: Getty ImagesJust 7 months after the two revealed that they were dating, they proudly displayed Katie's baby bump. Of course, there are those who believe that Holmes was pregnant before Cruise came into her life - but, again, that's another story.
In April 2006, just a year after the pair met, Suri Cruise was born.
Suri Cruise, child of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes and Vanity Fair cover star, is 11 years old and I'm horrified https://t.co/v7Jeit9vbA— douglas greenwood (@douglas greenwood)1513012613.0
Soon after, the pair married.
via: Getty ImagesThey legally wed in Los Angeles, but held their ceremony in Bracciano, Italy, in November of 2006.
The wedding was subject to much speculation.Many suspected that it was an arranged marriage set up by the Church of Scientology. These rumors weren't helped by the fact that Cruise's best man was none other than David Miscavige.
But things between the pair soured.
via: Getty ImagesIn fact, Holmes apparently blindsided Cruise by filing for divorce from the actor in 2012. The sharp turnaround has led many to believe that Holmes had some sort of five-year contract of marriage.
The divorce was pretty suspicious to many.There was speculation about the reasons for the split - which have never been made public.
And, on top of this, Cruise is allegedly very distant from his daughter.
via: Getty ImagesAccording to ex-member (and author of Je Suis a Cult Whistleblower: Scientology Kills), Samantha Domingo, the church won't allow Cruise to see his daughter.
And earlier this year things look set to get even worse for Cruise.
via: Getty ImagesAs Mission Impossible 2 co-star Thandie Newton spoke up about the horrific experience that was working with him.
"Oh, I was never asked [about Scientology]. I was so scared of Tom," Newton claimed.
via: Getty Images"He was a very dominant individual."
"But the pressure.""He takes on a lot. And I think he has this sense that only he can do everything as best as it can be done," she revealed.
"Tom has gotten away with being this ‘nice guy,’ because that’s what Scientology policy says—to create good PR in the world and make those ‘good actions’ known.""But if you actually look at his actions, they’re not consistent."
"He can’t keep a marriage together, he’s jumping on couches, he’s acting like he knows anything about postpartum.""I learned pretty quickly that that’s not something you should be doing, because Tom Cruise is considered a messiah in Scientology."
"This is a man who has not even seen his own daughter in years.""That this guy can be running around and having people think he’s this super-nice guy, I don’t get it. But that’s the Hollywood-bulls–t game people play." Yikes.
But, despite all the drama, Cruise is now back on set.
via: Getty ImagesFilming for Mission Impossible 7 in Rome, Italy.
And the star has been following safety precautions by wearing a mask...
via: Getty ImagesOr two.