Couch-jumping and three-minute kisses are kind of a turn off, according to the American public.
In a USA Today/Gallup poll, Tom Cruise has been voted as the most unpopular movie star, with a significant 34 percent of the 1,003 adult voters admitting that they go out of their way to avoid the "Mission: Impossible 3" star at the theater.
The star's appeal started to wane in 2005, after his much-publicized romance with Katie Holmes and his criticism of Brooke Shields. Since then, the publicity hasn't stopped, and the American people feel that they know way too much about his baby, Suri Cruise, and his lavish Italian wedding. When "M:I3" opened in May, it took in about $12 million less than expected, despite its signifcantly wider release in 4,000-plus theaters.
The poll also shows that other overexposed celebrities such as Angelina Jolie and Mel Gibson have had a similar effect on moviegoers' habits, with 18 percent and 12 percent avoiding their cinematic offerings respectively.
Actually, despite Gibson's anti-Semitic comments during his DUI arrest, fans haven't turned their back on him completely. He still ranked as the fifth-highest actor that people will go out of their way to see if he's involved with a film. "The Passion of the Christ" had won him a loyal following despite its own controversy, and his latest offering, the Mayan epic "Apocalypto," opened this past weekend at No. 1.
Tom Hanks tops the list with 44 percent of the voters going out of their way to see his films. The Oscar winner helped "The Da Vinci Code" take in nearly $750 million worldwide for his role as the long-haired symbologist Robert Langdon on the search for the Holy Grail.
Following Hanks is "Departed" actor Robert DeNiro (33 percent); "Charlotte's Web" voice Julia Roberts (29 percent); "Pursuit of Happyness" star Will Smith and "The Lake House" sweetheart Sandra Bullock, both tying with 27 percent of the votes.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times