The Many Faces Of Tom Cruise

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The subject of this week's quiz is Tom Cruise. Born on the third of July, Oscar-nominated for Born on the Fourth of July, he turned 52 this week. That doesn't stop him from appearing in action movies, though: he is currently visible in theaters with Edge of Tomorrow, and it is ironic that the film explores a topic of endless repetition, as indeed did his previous film Oblivion. For Tom often looks exactly the same between films, and actually consistently acts the same way too.

And yet, and yet...

It would be so easy to dismiss him, and each new film starring him, but he manages to pick collaborations with an impressive array of interesting directors. He also isn't afraid of the odd self-deprecating cameo, or a cool joke. He can still surprise from time to time, and with the right material and the right director, he once managed to get me to cry. The bastard.

So once again I'm going to use a gallery of 11 close-ups of one of my favorite thespians to make a quiz. Click through the images and guess which 11 movies they're from. No competition, no prizes, just for fun, try to see how far you get without using IMDb.

And I'll post the answers next Thursday (earlier if someone has all eleven of them right).

And here he is, starring in Edge of Tomorrow. This shot doesn't count yet as part of the quiz, but all the other ones do. So flick through the gallery and have a go!

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Matthew VincentJuly 4, 2014 10:40 AM

1. austin powers, 3?

2. magnolia

3. war of the worlds

4. mission impossible 2?

5. tropic thunder

6. minority report?

7. oblivion

8. collateral

9. interview with a vampire

10. outsiders

11. eyes with shut

Ard VijnJuly 4, 2014 12:49 PM

All correct! You can take away the question marks. Damn, I need to make these a lot more difficult, it seems.

CJJuly 5, 2014 8:18 AM

I've always said that no other A-list actor has worked with so many incredible directors.

Scorsese, Coppola, Kubrick, Spielberg, Mann, De Palma, Howard, Pollack, Anderson, Woo, Stone etc.

Even others like Bruce Willis and Harrison Ford tend to work with hacks that they can bully and control. But Cruise always seems to seek out the best people.

And EDGE OF TOMORROW was fucking fantastic.

arturoJuly 6, 2014 7:01 AM

Yeh he's worked with some of the best, I wonder if he will direct a movie some day?

CJJuly 7, 2014 4:39 AM

He directed an episode of that great noir TV series FALLEN ANGELS, but that was 20 years ago.