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Cruise Control

In 2005, America’s top actor seemed to annihilate his reputation and career with two daytime TV appearances. Twelve years later, here’s how Tom Cruise stealthily prevailed

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STAYIN’ ALIVE Left: Cruise re-creating his Oprah moves for Jay Leno on The Tonight Show in 2005. Below, right: The actor’s new film reunites him with the director of 2014’s Edge of Tomorrow.
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THERE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN TWO of him: Tom Cruise the star— somehow cocksure and eager to please—who, by 26, had become the ideal of a Hollywood leading man, deftly juggling romantic, comedy, serious acting and action movies. (In 1996 alone, he got an Oscar nomination for Jerry Maguire and launched a billion-dollar action franchise, playing Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible.) And Tom Cruise the man, always a little problematic thanks to his involvement with Scientology—a connection that seemed more quirky than strange until his divorce from Nicole Kidman in 2001, blamed in part on the church.

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