Tom Cruise is on the cover of the new ‘How to Be a Man’ issue of Esquire (pause for re-reading) and Tom spends much of his interview considering his role as a son and a father.
“I’d create different characters and ad-lib sketches to make my sisters and my mother feel better” Cruise said of his childhood, and now he entertains Suri Cruise. “It comes down to the same thing as when I was a kid. Can I create a character that will make her happy, that will make her laugh? And you know what? She makes me get better and better, because she’s always asking me to do it again.”
He tries to tie in the Oprah couch-jumping incident to the same mentality. “I wanted the audience to be happy just like I wanted to make my sisters and my mother happy when I did those skits as a kid.”
“Afterward, wild things were being said about me,” he continues “and once they’re in the ether, there’s nothing you can do about it. It felt like being the new kid in the schoolyard again and the other kids are whispering and whispering about you and suddenly you hear what they’re saying, and you think, What? That didn’t happen. Look at the reality of the situation.”
Um, you bashed Brooke Shields for not having a career and not taking vitamins for her postpartum and told Matt Lauer you knew what was best for the world. These weren’t crazy rumors on the playground, Hon, they were words that came directly out of your mouth.
Cute kid, though.