Tom Cruise has not had a great time of late. His reboot of The Mummy was an unmitigated disaster while American Made was harshly overlooked by fans.
There’s still that long-awaited Top Gun sequel to come but few can deny Cruise’s career is entering something approaching the doldrums for the A-list star.
He’s still a huge star of course and a highly bankable commodity with global audiences. It just feels like a damn shame that most of his efforts are now focused on the daft-but-enjoyable Mission Impossible franchise.
Cruise needs something edgy. Something against type. He needs another Les Grossman from Tropic Thunder, another Frank T.J. Mackey from Magnolia.
Roles like that don’t come around often though and they certainly don’t come around for stars like Cruise. Not until now.
According to Deadline, Quentin Tarantino is keen to sign Cruise up for his next, as-yet-untitled, movie.
The untitled film project initially courted controversy after reports suggested it would focus on the Charles Manson family murders, with Margot Robbie playing the role of Sharon Tate.
It’s since become clear that the Manson killings will only be a small part of a larger film consisting of several smaller stories, an approach similar to the one adopted with Pulp Fiction.
With Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio being tapped up to star in the project, the film represents a rare chance for Cruise to earn a little more credibility and remind the world just why he’s still regarded as one of Hollywood’s true acting elites.
Tarantino worked wonders for another Scientologist, John Travolta, in the mid-90s, casting him as Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction. It was a masterstroke for both the film’s director and actor alike, with Travolta landing several notably edgy roles in the immediate aftermath.
Cruise could certainly do with a similar career facelift, and a role in an another adult-themed ensemble movie might just be it.
The Top Gun star was brilliant as motivational speaker/pickup artist Mackey in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia, a role that discarded the actor’s nice guy image and well and truly took Cruise out of his comfort zone. It was also a film that earned him a Golden Globe award and an Oscar nomination.
Cruise needs that kind of role now, more than ever, and if he has even the smallest hope of one day landing an Oscar, these are the roles he needs to take on. Tarantino’s film is already being tipped for big things and, given the filmmaker’s track record, it’s likely to a memorable project and something worth being involved in.
More importantly, audiences need Cruise to do more of this kind of stuff. To take risks. To do something daring and surprise us all. Like Tropic Thunder and the sight of a bald Cruise bellowing insane nonsense down a phone.
It was hilarious, it was incredible and it was damn sight more interesting than The Mummy. Tarantino the perfect plan to make Tom Cruise cool again – he just needs to take him up on the offer.
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Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.