When Tom Cruise Did Good Movies

Tom Cruise has been everywhere this week, promoting his new “Mission Impossible” product. The insightful Mark Harris reminds us when Cruise was interested not just in being a movie star but in taking the occasional risk with his choices: “Born on the Fourth of July,” “Jerry Maguire,” “Magnolia.” Harris wonders why Cruise pulled back from such risks. He overlooked the elephant in the room: Scientology. When you are the co-leader of a cult as well as an actor it does tend to affect your business decisions.

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