Okay, you probably didn't know that, but I knew. Here's an easy tip to guarantee that you'll always remember his birthday from now on. Tom was the star of the 1989 Vietnam War movie Born of the Fourth of July, based on the autobiography by real life war veteran Ron Kovic who was paralyzed in the war. Tom plays Kovic in the film, and his performance scored him his first ever Oscar nomination. While Kovic really was born on July 4th, Tom was actually born on July 3rd. Pretty close, right? Would have been a really cool coincidence if he was also born on the 4th, but eh, it's close enough. So you'll remember next year, right? It's the day before July 4th. It's not that hard. I trust that you'll never forget.
Good ol' Tom turns 52 years old today. Hard to believe, isn't it? 52 and still one of the biggest action stars on the planet. He's been acting for over 30 years now and still is at the top of his game. That's longevity anyone should be able to respect. His latest work, Edge of Tomorrow, is fantastic. Tom adds a lot of flair to his performance through his keen self-awareness. He delivers a lot of laughs and awesomeness. It's a little bit odd for him to be the star of this film given his age. He's surrounded by a lot of younger faces but he still certainly holds his own regardless. If you haven't already done so, check out my full review for Edge of Tomorrow.
Last year my brother's girlfriend was pregnant with my first nephew, and all along I jokingly told her that her son would be born on July 3rd, sharing a birthday with Tom Cruise. I also told her that if he was in fact born that day, she would have to name him Tom. (Of course, she didn't agree to that. What sane person would?) Well, it turned out she went into labor on July 3rd of last year, so it looked like my prediction was going to miraculously come true. Unfortunately, she kept that little guy in until the 4th, probably just to spite me. Still, being born of the Fourth of July is pretty cool too. So while I'm a couple hours early, I'd like to use this opportunity to wish a Happy Birthday to my little nephew Mason. Let it be known that I'm gonna use every ounce of my uncle influence to turn that little guy into the next Tom Cruise! You better believe it!
So a couple years ago I jumped on my couch 50 times in honor of Tom Cruise's 50th birthday. Last year my nephew Mason was almost born (his birth was meant to be the celebration). This year I'm keeping it pretty simple and just making this blog post in his honor. Tom Cruise, you're the coolest dude around. You'll always have a fan in me. Happy Birthday!
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