So Tom Cruise, the megawatt star with the megawatt smile, was in town yesterday.
He had a new film to promote. So, the usual red carpet meet n’ greet outside the Savoy then….. But a Certificate of Irishness? Presented by the Deputy Prime Minister? And a Guinness photo op. Really?? The guy doesn’t need personal publicity. I smell a ‘Gathering’ notion……
I have no clue how these things work. Whose PR contacted who first? His, the Government’s, Diageo? Meetings, cosy chats about who, what, where, when – and how much?
Shure gazillions of people have Irish roots somewhere back the line, if you go far enough. American Presidents like to come here to explore their Irish heritage/schmooze the Irish votes back home. Or the Democrat ones at least. Amazing how Republican Presidents don’t have any Irish roots to mine. Apart from one who went down Ballyporeen way….
Will Ferrell, Beyonce, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael Jackson, and plenty of others most likely, have traversed our highways n’ byways in recent times, unfettered by a politician or a pint getting shoved in their faces. In fact, back when Tom was over here filming Far and Away, himself and Nicole popped up in lots of counties and lots of peoples snaps, casually and quietly. What has changed?
Graham Norton interviewed Tom Cruise recently. No couch-sharing banter with the other guests for him. Apart from with his female co star, of course. She dutifully wittered on about how amazing it was to star alongside, indeed sit alongside the Cruise-meister. Over the course of the interview, Tom’s hair actually goes from curiously tossed to smooth to tossed several times. It suggests a high level of editing room chopping and pasting before being aired….
And now of course we have Cruise Control’s Late Late interview to look forward to. Prerecorded, closed set. Wild guess – no Scientology, ex wives, divorces or children on the discussion sheet. But all about the fillum, the fame and the Oirishness. A schmooze to Cruise from start to finish.
Do you recall Ryan’s Tubridy’s very first Late Late Show? He eviscerated one Brian Cowen, about his governing style, his socializing, his drinking. And what a prescient interview it turned out to be, come that infamous (Morning After) Morning Ireland interview. God be with those Tubridy days…
Ryan will be on a Mission Impossible. While Tom Cruises. In Control.
Maybe I’ll be Far and Away.