Tom Cruise, he of the ageless face, body and energy level, is celebrating a birthday today.
Contrary to what's visible to the naked eye, the actor is turning 58.
He has the appropriate amount of work under what must be a utility belt to back that up, but Cruise's sheer zest for life—most of which, for him, is dedicated to making movies—continues to awe and baffle. Which isn't to say that Cruise is the only star in Hollywood for whom age appears to be a misprint, far from it, but he is now officially older than Wilford Brimley was when a 30-year-old Cruise knocked the older man out with his briefcase in The Firm. And, while we're definitely here for it if Cruise wants to be the face of Quaker Oats, he might have to slow down for a second to shoot a commercial for breakfast cereal.
And Tom Cruise doesn't slow down.
When Brad Pitt told GQ Australia last year that he thinks making movies is "a younger man's game," you could practically hear Cruise's inimitable laugh from wherever he is.
Cruise shot the long-awaited sequel Top Gun: Maverick in 2018 for a 2020 release and he has signed on for two more Mission: Impossible films, which should keep his adrenaline pumping up through his 60th birthday.
Until then, however, here's a guide to the method to his madness, the drive behind the gleam in his eye, the lactic acid that courses through those muscles. Here are 58 things to know about Tom Cruise:
"I have an aggressive side, absolutely. I need a creative outlet. Now I work out every day. I get up and work out 45 to 60 minutes. And that's how I start my day. Discipline is very important to me."
So Cruise told Cameron Crowe 34 years ago.
Asked about the criticism that he hadn't really played any grownups yet, Cruise replied, "God forbid if I do everything I want to do before I'm 26. When I get to [Paul] Newman's age, I'm looking to still be playing the great characters he plays. I hope the public and everyone realize that I'm still growing. I'm still feeling my oats here. I'm working toward the long range of what I can be as an artist. And I work my ass off trying. Because I know what I want to be."
We're sensing a theme.
(Originally published July 3, 2019, at 3 a.m. PT)