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.   (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.   (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.   (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
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