Tom Cruise turns off women?

 
 

Paramount Studio head Sumner Redstone has revealed in a new interview with Vanity Fair magazine that he ended the studio’s relationship with Tom Cruise in large part because his behavior was turning off women. “[My wife] Paula, like women everywhere, had come to hate [Tom]”, he said. “His behavior was entirely unacceptable to Paula and to the rest of the world. He just didn’t turn one (woman) off. He turned off all women, and a lot of men.”

Tom Cruise

Okay, I’ll admit it: I used to like Tom Cruise, and I still want to. I liked him in Jerry Maguire, I liked him in The Firm (Jeanne Triplehorn was great, too), and in Cocktail (the highlight of Elisabeth Shue’s career, in my opinion), and even in Far and Away (not Nicole Kidman’s finest hour, but it’s still fun watching her play indignant for 2 hours). Although his crazy couch-jumping anti-ritalin outbursts – and his decision to make his sister his PR agent – had me questioning his sanity, I was willing to look the other way.

But I can’t stand what Tom’s done to Joey Potter Katie Holmes. It feels like watching a cult induction in slow motion. I keep waiting for Dawson or Pacey to rush in and save her. I know she bears some responsibility here, too, but that doesn’t make his behavior any less creepy.

Tom and Katie

My girlfriend now refuses to watch any movies with Tom in them, and I’m not arguing with her anymore. So maybe Sumner’s on to something with his all-women-hate-Tom assertion. But I wonder: are lesbian/bi women more or less likely than straight women to hate Tom? Will his career ever recover? And, most importantly, how weird is it that Elisabeth Shue and Andrew Shue from Melrose Place are siblings? They look nothing alike.