Cruise highest paid actor in Hollywood

2012-07-04 11:28

Los Angeles – Tom Cruise was named the highest paid actor in Hollywood, on his 50th birthday – but the Mission Impossible star has little to celebrate.

Days after his wife filed for divorce, apparently taking him by surprise, questions are stacking up about the role of his controversial Scientologist faith at the end of his five-year marriage to Katie Holmes.

The Top Gun actor – who has been in Iceland shooting his latest movie ahead of the landmark birthday – has remained tight-lipped since his wife’s bombshell announcement last week.

“Tom is deeply saddened and is concentrating on his three children,” his spokesperson said last week.

Critics might suggest that, for all his blockbuster achievements on the big screen over the three decades, Cruise has been less successful in his personal life.

In the 26 years since he made his name in the first Top Gun movie in 1986, Cruise has established himself as one of the most powerful and bankable players in Hollywood.

That was confirmed again yesterday when the latest Forbes list of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors put Cruise firmly at the top, with earnings of $75 million between May 2011 and May 2012.

TMZ reported that Holmes would get virtually nothing from a pre-nuptial agreement the couple signed – reports that she could get $15-20 million are “absurd” – but that she does not mind.

Amid all the bad news, Cruise had at least one supporter yesterday: Paramount came out swinging for him, as a trailer for his next movie Jack Reacher – due out in December – was launched in theatres.

“Tom is a huge movie star for the right reason, he’s a very talented actor whose movies have entertained millions of fans,” the studio said in a statement cited by The Hollywood Reporter.

“His ability to make a great movie, as we saw with the most recent installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise – the most successful of the series to date – is the thing that moviegoers remember above all else.”

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