SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 8, 2000 -- Tom Cruise is a $70 million man. And he doesn't even have a bionic arm. (Just a really good agent.)
Seventy big ones is the amazing amount Cruise netted for 1996's "Mission: Impossible" -- a staggering detail heretofore unreported until it was casually mentioned by Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone during a speech Monday in Munich, Germany.
The "Impossible" payday included "a shrewdly negotiated backend participation deal," in the (understated) words of today's Hollywood Reporter, for starring in and producing the movie, which grossed $464.9 million worldwide.
Cruise's next acting-only vehicle is now up for grabs. He and director Steven Spielberg had talked about working together on the sci-fi flick "Minority Report," but now that Spielberg is recovering from kidney surgery, Cruise is said to be meeting with the Farrelly brothers ("There's Something About Mary") about their new in-development comedy "Shallow Hal."
Either way, the payday for either project is not likely to match his "Mission: Impossible" kitty. There are only so many bills in circulation.