Actor-producer Tom Cruise, one of the most popular figures of the world, turned an year old on July 3. The 58-year-old has been nominated for three Oscars and has won three Golden Globe Awards. He started his career at 19, and has since then starred in almost 50 films without showing any signs of slacking. Cruise is known for her characters in the Mission Impossible franchise, Top Gun, and Jerry Macguire.
On his birthday, here are some interesting facts about the actor, who refuses to age.
He rejected the role of Iron Man
Tom Cruise was the first one to be approached for the iconic role of Iron Man, which kick-started Marvel’s cinematic journey. The actor declined the role, which was then passed on to Robert Downey Jr. The rest is history.
Nobody holds breath like Tom
Since he refuses to have a stuntman perform the action sequences of his films, Tom Cruise while shooting Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation ended up holding his breath for nearly minutes downwater!
The actor has visited Japan way too many times. This is evident because the country has named a day after him– the “Tom Cruise Day”– which is celebrated on October 10 every year.
No Oscar Yet
Since he has been around in Hollywood for some time now, and quite prominently so, many would think that Tom Cruise has won at least one Academy Award. But that is not the case. The actor has only been nominated for three movies– Magnolia, Jerry Maguire, and Born on the Fourth of July.
All his wives were 33 when he divorced them
Believe it or not, this actually happened. Tom’s three ex-wives– Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman, and Katie Holmes were all 33 years old when they parted ways with him. You do not get to see such crazy coincidences everyday.
In 1981, sunglass company Ray Ban encountered trouble in business, as they could manage to sell only 18,000 wayfarers that year. But when Tom Cruise wore them in films like Risky Business, Top Gun, and Rain Man, the company saw a rise in sales.