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Cruise-ing in the media stratosphere

Cruise-ing in the media stratosphere

Even though “Top Gun” is now credited as one of the films that helped to launch Tom Cruise’s career, when the movie first came out in 1986, some felt the actor’s performance was divisive. He was also in the midst of navigating his newfound stardom. In an interview with The Times just after “Top Gun” opened -- that’s right, 30 years ago today -- the actor said he often felt uncomfortable when faced with personal questions. “I'd be asked about my childhood. That didn't mean I'd want to talk about it,” said Cruise, who was 24 at the time. "Then someone would ask about my parents' divorce. And I'd say to myself, 'My God, I've...

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