The Daily Mail tells a new side to the story of Tom Cruise’s tumble from Paramount.
Paula Fortunato, 43, the wife of 83-year-old Sumner Redstone, the Viacom chairman who sacked Cruise, took a dislike to the actor after he publicly criticised the actress Brooke Shields for using post-natal anti-depressants.
You and me both, Paula. You and me both. Although in my case I think the dislike happened a few years ago and was just confirmed by the Brooke Shields idiocy.
Redstone estimated that Cruise’s off-screen behaviour cost his latest movie, Mission: Impossible III, between £50 and £75 million in lost box office revenues even though the film was, he said, ‘the best of the three movies’ in the action series.
I can vouch for this–at least in part. We specifically didn’t see it because we didn’t want to support Cruise. Of course, our two unpurchased tickets were not 25 million pounds apiece, so I’m sure there were others out there like us.
Sources say Fortunato told her powerful husband, “I never want to see another Tom Cruise movie again”.
You and me both, Paula. You and me both.