Tom Cruise Redeems Himself at MTV Movie Awards
By Zach Dionne Posted Jun 6th 2010 10:30PM
There was a moment there, when Tom Cruise showed up live on the MTV Movie Awards in character as aggressive, dynamite-loud film producer Les Grossman, when we were really, really nervous. Sure, he killed it in 'Tropic Thunder,' and he'd been rocking the taped promos for the awards show but ... live? Seriously?
Seriously. With a three-minute booty-shakin' performance, the actor himself officially ended the era of Tom Cruise bashing. Oprah's couch? Scientology? The eyepatch in 'Valkyrie'? Fuhgeddaboudit! Cruise became definitively cool again with his live appearance, complete with swaggerific undone bow-tie and J-Lo as his dance partner. Watch Tom/Les break it down with Jennifer Lopez in the clip below, and after the jump, the hilarious intro.
PopEater speculated a few weeks back that the national relationship with Tom Cruise was set to careen toward all-out hate or ascend back to love. We're thrilled to say we're all about Tom Cruise again, and we feel just dandy about it.
And so do you, it seems. So far, thousands of PopEater readers have leaned 66% toward "yes, this was amazing" in our poll asking if Tom Cruise is back on the public's good side. As recently as mid-May (in our ongoing love/hate Tom Cruise investigation), 56% of voters indicated they "hate him," while only 19% loved him.
Crucial in Cruise's redemption is the 47-year-old's newfound ability to walk the tightrope of self-seriousness. With the incident on Oprah's couch in 2005, it looked like he was off the deep end, like he'd never behave like a respectable actor again. In a verbal spat with Matt Lauer that same year, Cruise seemed unapproachable in the opposite regard, taking himself far too seriously.
Then came Cruise's 2008 'Tropic Thunder' cameo, introducing the world to Les Grossman and to the idea that this man might be able to take himself a little less seriously, and still entertain. Resurrecting the character in 2010, and doing it live, cemented the fact that Cruise could laugh at himself with the rest of us, and at the end of the day, flash his million-dollar grin while we sat back and said, Wow.
"He turned his image from Scientology to scatology and added a considerable amount of grease to his stiff-guy stereotype," was the LA Times' dead-on verdict.
Check out the Les Grossman-filled, star-studded intro to last night's MTV Movie Awards:
When the time came for Best Picture, Cruise reappeared as a presenter (as himself) with 'Knight and Day' co-star Cameron Diaz, clearly in on the joke of his amazing performance earlier in the night. Grinning, he offered a quick "love you all," before launching into the prepared spiel. But even introducing the nominees, Cruise could hardly stop cracking up at the Les Grossman-inspired catcalls from the audience. The redemption was palpable.
"It was a lot of fun -- it was a blast!" Cruise told PEOPLE after the show. "You know, I can dance a bit, and we rehearsed. And my wife's a dancer, so I like dancing! [Katie] loved it."
Read more: Behind the Return of Les Grossman | Sandra Bullock's Brave Speech
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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 04: Actor Tom Cruise attends the 5th Annual 'Oscar Wilde: Honoring The Irish In Film' held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre on March 4, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for The US-Ireland Alliance) *** Local Caption *** Tom Cruise
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