Tom Cruise Takes a Paycut; Shows How Badly He Needs a Hit

It had to happen sometime I suppose. One day some producer somewhere would look at the budget of a film and see that half of it was there just to pay for the services of Tom Cruise. Then they’d notice he just isn’t that popular anymore.

News from Vulture online is that Paramount has cut Tom Cruise’s salary for Mission: Impossible 4.  Before all you Cruise fans start firing up the ovens to make cupcakes, brownies and cookies for the “Save Tom Cruise” bake sale, and before George Clooney jumps on board and gathers the rich and famous for the “Tom Cruise Needs Your Help” telethon, let me make you aware this is only a cut in upfront salary and poor beleaguered Tom will get some nice cash on the back end if the film performs well.

We also have to come to grips with the fact that half a Tom Cruise salary is more money than any of us would make in, I don’t know, four trillion life times? Why the pay cut? For starters Cruise hasn’t had a hit since. . .since. . .anyone out there know the last Cruise film that was a hit?

Robin Ruinsky has been a writer since penning her autobiography in fourth grade. Along the way she's studied theater at Syracuse University, worked with Woody Allen starring most of the time on the cutting room floor. A segue into the punk rock scene followed but writing was always the main focus. She writes for various crafty, artsy magazines about people who make craftsy, artsy collectible things. But her first love is writing fiction and film criticism which some people think are the same thing.

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