Tom Cruise does not like to spend his time with lawsuits. He prefers spending his energy and time dedicated to his job and his daughter. On October 25, 2012, Australia’s News Network quotes Tom Cruise’s lawyer, Bert Fields. “Tom has been reluctant to take legal action …But the star hopes to stop the publication from printing ‘malicious garbage’ with a libel judgment.”
For anyone who has had the fortunate opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes look at Tom Cruise, the $50 million lawsuit that was filed in the District Court of Los Angeles on Wednesday against two magazines is self-explanatory ; – Tom Cruise is a man of action, not of words.
“In the lawsuit Cruise cites two cover stories – one published by Life & Style on 30 July and another published by In Touch Weekly on 1 October – featuring headlines that suggested he had “abandoned” his daughter. Tom doesn’t go around suing people. He’s not a litigious guy,… But when these sleaze peddlers try to make money with disgusting lies about his relationship with his child, you bet he’s going to sue.”
Tom Cruise does not file a lawsuit for monetary gains; he has no need for that. What he does need, however, is to defend his reputation as the father of Suri Cruise. According to Tom Cruise’s lawyer, Bert Fields, attempts by Tom Cruise’s representatives to correct the tabloids’ publications had been ignored.
The lawsuit “accuses the tabloids of ‘exploiting a defenseless 6-year-old child on its cover’ and ignoring attempts by his reps to ‘correct these fabrications’.”
Whether behind the scenes or in front of scenes, Tom Cruise knows that actions speak louder than words. Having experienced in his childhood the gift and curse of dyslexia, Tom Cruise knows quite well that words can easily be transferred, turned, and twisted.
Because of his understanding of dyslexia, Tom Cruise will use the law, not words, to defend himself. “Cruise often sues when he feels lies are being told and his reputation damaged. He gives all proceeds to charity – now taking a big percentage of his film’s grosses (he made $75 million from M:I2), he hardly needs the money.” (Tom Cruise – Biography)
What defines most men is their childhood. Tom Cruise is no exception. His life was shaped very much by his dyslexia and frequent moves as a child. “By the age of 14, Tom had attended 15 different schools, being bullied at nearly all of them – but, eventually, they settled, Tom enrolling at Glen Ridge High School, New Jersey. From here, he went straight into acting.”
In Tom Cruise’s biography, he is described as “a dreamy, lonely child living much of the time in his own interior world, was always the New Kid, forced to prove himself endlessly, and this was made yet more problematic by both shyness and dyslexia. “ Because of his social and academic struggles in school, Tom Cruise was challenged by his parents and by himself. “Constantly challenged by his parents, making him exceptionally competitive, he was desperate to fit in – more, to win. So he threw himself into sports – wrestling, raquetball, ice hockey, everything. He wasn’t particularly gifted but his intensity and hyper-energy made him difficult to resist.”
Today, that dedication, the strive to win, the intensity, and hyper-energy is what makes Tom Cruise one of the most successful actors in history and one of the most dedicated fathers.
How not to be a father is a lesson that Tom Cruise learned from his own father.
“Cruise would later have little good to say about his father. “He was a bully and a coward,” he’d recall in an interview with Parade magazine. “He was the kind of person where, if something goes wrong, they kick you. He was an antisocial personality, inconsistent, unpredictable. It was a great lesson in my life – how he’d lull you in, make you feel safe and then BANG!” Cruise would not see his father for 10 years, when the older man was dying of cancer. Even then there would be no apology, no forgiveness, no closure, his father only seeing Tom at all if he swore not to mention the past.” (Tom Cruise Biography)
For Tom Cruise, now 50, life is not about the past but the future; especially the future with his 6-year-old daughter Suri Cruise. Since Tom Cruise’s lawyer is taking care of defending his reputation by having filed the $50 million dollar lawsuit in Los Angeles and Tom Cruise is busy shooting his latest movie All You Need Is Kill in Europe, Suri Cruise’s father, like many working fathers, has to wait until Christmas to spend time with his daughter.
According to Showbiz Editor, Gordon Smart, the British newspaper The Sun reported in its article Tom Cruise will spend Christmas with Suri published on October 26, 2012 that “TOM CRUISE is cooking the turkey for daughter SURI this Christmas. The Top Gun star has agreed with ex KATIE HOLMES that he will be looking after their daughter over the festive period. He’s going to fly to New York from the UK, where he is shooting his latest movie, All You Need Is Kill, and bring Suri back to open her presents – which are bound to have cost a few bob. A source said: ‘By the time Christmas comes, Tom won’t have seen Suri for a long time. So he’s agreed with Katie that it’s only right she stays with him. Filming has been extended until after Christmas, so he will appreciate the break.’ Tom wants to rent a big house in the Lake District or Scotland to host his first Christmas alone with Suri. He’s only considering homes with a helipad – perhaps Suri needs somewhere to land her Christmas present?”
No “allegedly”, “perhaps”, “hopefully”, “might”, or “maybe”?
The short The Sun article consisting of 152 words has turned into several articles with hundreds of words. But what if Tom Cruise doesn’t get to see his daughter Suri Cruise on Christmas because of circumstances beyond his control or because life has different plans? Will he have to spend time and energy again to pursue more lawsuits for having “abandoned” his daughter? Anyone who has had the opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes look at Tom Cruise understands that as a father, Tom Cruise tries to do what every parent wants to do more than anything else; – love his child.
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