Tom Cruise tends to play assholes. This is known.
Charlie Babbitt. Frank T.J. Mackey. Lestat de Lioncourt. Seriously, the dude’s a smithy of the a-hole arts. He’s got a-hole range.
So today, on the occasion of Edge of Tomorrow’s premiere, we celebrate that thespianic range with The Tom Cruise Scale of A-hole-ish-ness.
Now, the scale is not a ranking of Tom Cruise the person’s personality. Don’t know him. Actually seems like an OK dude, maybe.
Rather, The Tom Cruise Scale of A-hole-ish-ness ranks Cruise’s characters by their moral turpitude.
Frank T.J. Mackey in Magnolia? Another excellent film. But: Frank was a misogynist. So he’s an a-hole, but down a few pegs from Lestat.
At this point, some people might defend the mild a-hole-itude — and supposed high quality of — Jerry Maguire. Your editor is not one of those people. That movie is meh, and it’s because Jerry wasn’t a big enough jerk.
It’s the Tom Cruise we love. And deserve.
Without further ado, enjoy The Tom Cruise Scale of A-hole-ish-ness.