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Tom Cruise to visit Japan for 22nd time


Actor Tom Cruise, 54, will be visiting Japan for the 22nd time in November to attend the premiere of his new action film "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back." Cruise, who was last here in the summer of 2015 for the fifth "Mission: Impossible" film, will be joined by director Edward Zwick.

Cruise is enormously popular in Japan, particularly because of his interaction with fans.

In his new film, a sequel to the 2012 film "Jack Reacher," Cruise reprises his role as the title character, a lone wolf former elite military secret agent on a quest to uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy.

The movie will be released in Japan on Nov 11.

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Wow! Who counts?

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One of the rare, genuinely good guys in the industry, always has time for his fans and appreciates them.

Consider that many Hollywood actors have never even gone to Japan once. I guess it's ok for the Japanese fans to buy the tickets and support them, but I suppose those fans aren't good enough for these celebrities to return the favor. Sad.

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One of the rare, genuinely good guys in the industry, always has time for his fans and appreciates them.

Maybe so, but he weirds me out sometimes. His involvement with Scientology and that couch jumping incident.

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Tom Cruise seems more business man than actor.

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Tom Cruise seems more business man than actor.

Agreed. I think he realizes what side his bread is buttered. He is sticking to what he feels works for him. Going to the same fan base and churning out movies with the same action plot where he is the baddest man in the room, and only he can save the day. Honestly, I think that some of his best work was non-action films or non-lead roles such as Jerry Maguire, Tropical Thunder, or his really early work.

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Mr. Cool is back in Cruise control.

Sean Penn, when asked about Tom Cruise having trouble as an actor because of his religious beliefs or antics (like on the Rosie O'Donnel Show) said (I think): "Tom Cruise is a great actor, a superstar and it's gonna be really hard to bring somebody like that down."

Go to Youtube and watch what Cruise does when a really rude British guy squirts him with water at a public event. Very cool.

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After watching the documentary Going Clear I'd never put another penny in this man's pocket.


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People worship celebs faaaaaaaaaaaaaaar too intensely. If only they knew how Hollywood works in terms of what is done in order to be a star.

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Shame. I would have loved to see Ray Stevenson in the role of Jack Reacher.

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Met him when he was here filming half of Last Samurai. He is a great guy... really disappoints when you hear about how much Scientology messed him up (I mean in the news and all). And he does really like to interact with the fans. Last time he came he rode the bullet train with fans from Tokyo to Osaka, and he doesn't shy away from people asking his autograph or what have you.

First Jack Reacher was decent. Hope this one is good, too.

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Readers, Tom Cruise's religion is not relevant to this discussion.

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I bet if he applied, he could get permanent residency here without any questions asked. Yeah Tom.

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I would love to see him open up one of his churches here. I bet a lot of people would join.

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I met Tom when he was with Nichol in Covent Garden London in maybe 99, he is a really nice guy.

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What cinema will he attend? I want to see him.

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Congratulations on Jack Reacher #TomCruise Japan will be a great place to premiere your movie the fans are so loyal to you!

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Can't wait for the movie to come out as it looks good but not too please with the release date even though November 11 doesn't mean anything to Japan. November 11 does mean a lot to people that lost loved ones, friends and colleagues to war. Originally set for the end of the First World War and now used to remember the fallen and their sacrifices for our freedom, it is known by many different names: Armistice Day, Remembrance Day, Veterans Day and few more that have escaped my memory.

Perhaps another day would be better.

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I know someone who saw him in a hotel lobby in Okinawa. Cruise noticed him watching, made eye contact, smiled and came over to shake his hand and have a chat.

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Personally, I don't care what Tom Cruise believes in. What matters to me is if he's a decent person, which he genuinely seems to be, is he a nice person (yes, he is.) and is he kind to his fellow man (again, yes). What's the problem?

He should be judged by how he lives his life not by how people feel about what he believes in. It's a free country, right?

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I'm sorry but Tom Cruise simply isn't Jack Reacher. Not by a long shot.

For starters, the bulk of Jack Reacher's "Jack Reacher-ness" rides on his size and physical appearance. According to the novels (and the Wikipedia article), Jack Reacher is really big: 6'5" (196 cm) and 250 pounds (113 kg). This, together with his sheer physical strength, is emphasized in each of the novels.

On the other hand, Tom Cruise is 5'7" (170 cm) and 148 pounds (77 kg).

Second, according to the biographical bits and pieces strewn into the novels, he is ex-Army and an ex-MP. In that line of work, you get to see the more shadowy sides of human existence and tend to get physical from time to time. Over time, that shows on your face: scars, lines, a certain weariness. Plus, there is the experience of being "cycled out" due to downsizing.

Tom Cruise, however, shows nothing of all this. In fact, he appeares as if he just stepped out of the "Top Gun" or "Mission Impossible" sets.

In short: He doesn't project any "Jack Reacher-ness" at all. He projects Tom Cruise playing Tom Cruise playing Jack Reacher. And that simply won't cut it for me.

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Got to pick up that check in Tokyo eh Mr. Cruise.

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Agree with posters who see Tom Cruise coming across as nice guy and so on. For me though that is his job, just like sports manager Jerry Maguire in the first part of that movie.

But that is TC's problem - he is not Jerry Maguire. At the end of the film, there is the redemption and emotional coming clean.

Anyway, unlike for Rene Zellweger's character for Jerry Maguire, TC never had me at Hello.

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eejit1 at Oct. 09, 2016 - 01:07PM JST Shame. I would have loved to see Ray Stevenson in the role of Jack Reacher. ... ... Don't you mean Titus Pullo? Tom Cruise is typecast, but fortunately, he usually makes fan-pleasing movies. He's good at what he does. Typecasting will kill some actors.

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Not sure why they'd let him in, they'd ban other religious extremists but not Scientologists for some reason

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it seems that he likes Japan

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