Tom Cruise is about the closest thing we have to a movie star who's also a real-life international man of mystery. For all the tabloid coverage about him, we really don't know that much about the guy. Wild conspiracy theories and nasty rumors ensue, sure. But every now and then, Cruise does something so disarmingly funny or endearing that you realize he is a human being after all.
A perfect example? Cruise's appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night to promote his new apocalyptic action flick Oblivion. Sure, he starts out coming across like a movie god descended from Mt. Olympus (or its Hollywood equivalent) to mingle with us mere mortals: he's been to every continent on earth to promote Oblivion; he's descended from Irish warriors who fought with Strongbow in the 12th century and even a "Famine Hero"; he rappels into volcanoes for relaxation, as if he were Mr. Spock; the sun shines the whole day in Iceland just because he's there.
But then Kimmel dims the lights and allows Cruise to show his inner goofball by giving some weird, banal dialogue a recitation in a "movie star dramatic way." Note the slight twist of his head when delivering the immortal line, "Is there a way to get the soup and the salad?" The careful pause in "What's your return policy on this panini maker?" We even get to hear the most of his faux Irish accent on the line "Gentlemen, grab your nunchucks, it's gopher clubbin' time!" than we've heard since Far and Away.
Check out the full clip from Jimmy Kimmel Live! below:
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So if you can remember all the way back to this morning, it was announced that Steven Soderbergh is in talks to remake The Man from U.N.C.L.E, the popular 60s spy television show. Now word has dropped that long time Soderbergh collaborator (and girlfriend stealer [mine, not Soderbergh's]) George Clooney may star in the adaptation that may or may not happen.
And because this is basically another non-news story being touted as actual news, I’m going to list the things I would let George Clooney get away with:
-Playing music too loud in the apartment above me
-Hitting on my girlfriend at a bar
-Actually taking my girlfriend home (he has a tendency to buy girls islands)
-Double dipping the chip
-Representing me in a court of law (with or without a law degree)
-Cutting in front of me at Walgreens
-Spilling a drink on me at the movies
-Not holding the elevator for me
-Sneezing on me
-If he was quarantined, I would still let him rub sunscreen on my back
-Punching me in the face
-Cursing out my mother
-Reading my middle school diary/journal to a group of incredibly attractive women
-Ordering for me at a French restaurant
-Installing new software on my computer
-Screening me at airport security
-Taking my place as People’s Sexiest Man Alive
-Wearing brown and black at the same time
-Talking about religion and politics at my family’s dinner
-Drinking straight from the jug
-Allowing him to not return my calls, emails, txts, tweets, etc
-Talking about himself on twitter
-Wearing a hat inside
-Letting him call me by the wrong name
-Showing up drunk to anything
The show, starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum as secret agents, enjoyed a successful run between 1964 and 1968.
The series was so popular it spawned a series of spin-off movies, which saw several episodes extended and shown in movie theatres as full-length features.
Vaughn and McCallum returned to the roles in 1983 for a TV movie, titled The Return Of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
And now executives at film studio Warner Bros have announced they are moving forward with plans for a new movie, based on the hit 1960s show, with the appointment of Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin and scriptwriter Max Borenstein, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
It is believed the picture will feature a new cast, and will follow in the footsteps of other big screen remakes such as Miami Vice and The A-Team.
This reunion film brought Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, superspy stars of television between 1964 and 1968, out of comfortable retirement -- the former had become a computer company mogul, the latter the head of a trendy Park Avenue fashion salon -- to do battle once again with their arch enemy, THRUSH, and its nefarious leader, Justin Sepheran. Robert Vaughn and David McCallum reprise their original roles, with Patrick Macnee as their new boss, Sir John Raleigh (who had replaced Alexander Waverly, since Leo G. Carroll, who had played him, had died), and Anthony Zerbe as Sepheran. This pilot to a prospective new series for the fictional agents was subtitled "The Fifteen Years Later Affair."