How Tom Cruise Got His Groove Back

Four years ago he was essentially finished—now he's filming MI4

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 11, 2010 11:55 AM CST

(Newser) – Less than four years ago, Sumner Redstone called Tom Cruise "embarrassing" and refused to renew his Viacom contract; today, Cruise is back on Redstone's good side and set to appear in Mission: Impossible 4. How did it happen? The Wrap takes a look at Cruise's fall and rise:

  • March 2004: Cruise replaces his longtime publicist with his Scientologist sister.
  • May 2005: Cruise famously jumps all over Oprah Winfrey's couch while expressing his love for Katie Holmes. Later this month, Mission: Impossible 3 is a domestic dud.
  • June 2005: Cruise delivers yet another awful interview, this time ranting against prescription drugs and psychiatry on Today.
  • November 2005: Cruise's sister resigns. He gets a real publicist.

  • August 2006: Redstone says his ex-wife, "like women everywhere, had come to hate" Cruise and severs his studio's production deal with the actor because "he was costing us a lot of money."
  • November 2007: Lions for Lambs, Cruise's first MGM/UA project, is slammed by critics but breaks even.
  • March 2008: Cruise and Redstone have lunch at Cruise's request and decide to get back in business together.
  • August 2008: Cruise's bit part as a fat, bald movie mogul in Tropic Thunder finally gets the actor some good publicity.
  • December 2008: Valkyrie, Cruise's second MGM/UA film, gets better reviews and basically doesn't bomb, as many expected.
  • February 2010: Cruise is announced for Mission: Impossible 4. Voila! He's back.

Tom Cruise, right, talks to his wife Katie Holmes, left, before a Champions League soccer match.
Tom Cruise, right, talks to his wife Katie Holmes, left, before a Champions League soccer match.   (AP Photo/Angel Fernandez)
US actor Tom Cruise waves before a Champions League soccer match between Sevilla and Rangers at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain, on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009.
US actor Tom Cruise waves before a Champions League soccer match between Sevilla and Rangers at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain, on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009.   (AP Photo/Angel Fernandez)
U.S. actor Tom Cruise takes pictures with fans during the red carpet premiere of his most recent film Valkyrie in Mexico City, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009.
U.S. actor Tom Cruise takes pictures with fans during the red carpet premiere of his most recent film "Valkyrie" in Mexico City, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009.   (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
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