Tom Cruise Loses It on Oprah

Posted on May 25, 2005

Tom Cruise jumping on a couch on Oprah


Well, apparently it's official. Tom Cruise is officially off his rocker, bigtime. He was so cute and likeable in Risky Business, Top Gun and even in Minority Report. We loved his marriage to Nicole Kidman. But somehow, after that divorce, it all went downhill. First, there was the giant Church of Scientology tent on the set of War of the Worlds, where cast and crew were welcome to get a massage. Then, he starts a PR blitz about his love life the likes of which no one has ever seen from the normally taciturn star. (Well, taciturn when the press asked him questions about his love life, anyway).

So then he announces to the world that he caught an episode of Dawson's Creek, was blown away by 26 year-old Katie Holmes, and asked her out on a date. The next thing we know, they're holed up at the Hotel Hassler in Rome, in a rose-strewn suite and canoodling in public. Then, he gives an interview with -- wait for it -- the most obnoxious presence on entertainment TV, Billy Bush of Access Hollywood. In that interview, he bags on poor, sad Brooke Shields for taking Paxil to combat her post-partum depression. He said she should have taken Scientology Vitamins instead of "mind-altering drugs" and then made a snide remark about how her career's going nowhere. What in the world did Brooke Shields ever do to him?

But all of that was just the appetizer to the full meltdown on The Oprah Winfrey Show yesterday. "I can't be cool. I can't be laid-back," an exuberant Cruise told Oprah. "Something happened and I want to celebrate it."

Cruise could be seen jumping on the couch repeatedly declaring his love for Katie Holmes. He said he has not had this kind of experience before. He said he was going to discuss marriage with her. Cruise also went backstage to get Katie.

Before he dragged Katie onstage for an impromptu makeout session, he tried to get Oprah in a hammer lock, but she fended him off. (Apparently, all those workout sessions with Bob Greene have paid off.)

We feel faint now. More as the story develops.

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