The Tom Cruise lore is well documented. We’re all aware that the star does most of his own stunts (if not all of them.) The guy has hung from the side of planes, filmed underwater action scenes, and climbed the world’s tallest building.
But can we take a second to appreciate this man’s cardio? Forrest Gump PALES in comparison to Thomas Cruise Mapother IV. So what’s up with all the running? According to Rotten Tomatoes the more Cruise runs, the better the movie performs. I wish this were a joke.
For example, movies such as Magnolia and Valkyrie are on the poorer side of his catalog. How much does Cruise run in these movies? You guessed it, just about nada. However when Cruise sprints his little heart out in films such as War of the Worlds, Edge of Tomorrow, and the Mission Impossible franchise they tend to have higher box office averages which leads to a higher Tomatometer rating.
Would you rather watch Tom Cruise sprinting full tilt away from the bad guys in The Firm, or whatever he was doing in Rock of Ages? The proof is in the pudding.