Mission: Impossible III was the downfall of Tom Cruise. Well, acting like a giant spaz any time he was put in front of a camera or microphone was probably the downfall of Tom Cruise, but Mission: Impossible III probably helped.
Because even though Mission: Impossible III was one of the best action films of the year, nobody went to see it because Tom Cruise was being all batshit during the promotion of it. But, if reports are to be believed, Paramount isn't done with Mission: Impossible just yet, and wants to pay Brad Pitt a load of swag to be in Mission: Impossible IV.
Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise have a lot in common. For instance, Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise were both in Interview With A Vampire, Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise both have the ability to drum up a frightening amount of media attention by having babies with women and both, uh, are kind of smug and annoying.
However, for as many similarities as there are between Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise, there are also the same amount of differences. Brad Pitt has his babies in Namibia, for example, while Tom Cruise has his babies in total silence. Also, Brad Pitt thinks Paris smells like cabbages while Tom Cruise eats placentas, and – although Tom Cruise was in Mission: Impossible III, Brad Pitt will be making Mission: Impossible IV. Possibly.
It's being reported that since Tom Cruise was fired by Paramount, he's effectively written himself out of starring in any more Mission: Impossible films. Eager to continue riding the Mission: Impossible cash wagon, Paramount has apparently approached Brad Pitt to star in the franchise's fourth outing. You see, Brad Pitt is a great American while Tom Cruise is the most irritating human being in history, so it kind of makes sense. Some kind of movie insider said:
"MI:IV will not include Cruise's character, agent Ethan Hunt. They're considering a brief mention, saying Hunt retired to live a safe life with his new wife. They're set on Brad taking over as a gutsy new head operative who puts together his own unique team of specialists."
What's more, Brad Pitt is thought to have been offered $40 million to star in Mission: Impossible IV – which would make him the highest paid actor in history – and, seeing as how one of the reasons Tom Cruise got the boot was because he was asking for too much money, we can't help thinking that this story is all a little bit fishy.
But, hey, anything that indefinitely delays Mr & Mrs Smith 2 is just peachy with us.
[story by Stuart Heritage]