Descartes once muttered, “Each problem that I solved became a rule, which served afterwards to solve other problems.” Thusly we understand why Tom Cruise’s numerous character representations often resort to good old shouting – it bloody well gets the job done, old bean!
We’re not mocking him for this, incidentally, as we consider really effective shouting to be one of the hallmarks of acting excellence. Every thespian has had to yell at one point in their career, and even Adam Sandler has managed it with aplomb! Sadly some become typecast as a result, particularly the T. Rex from Jurassic Park.
Despite there being some negativity towards Cruise in the world, we’re fans of his work, acting chops, and often of him (just not the Scientology stuff). Consequently, as a tribute, we’ve compiled a selection of moments in which Tom Cruise is shouting like crazy. Awesome, eh?
We’ll start with, arguably, Cruise’s finest shouting moment. Having learnt his pedantically planned assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler in Valkyrie has gone awry, Cruise delivers a resounding “DAMMIT!” It’s really more effective than it sounds.
The Last Samurai
In a much underrated film and performance, Cruise has some of his finest shouty moments. A number are in combat scenes, but Cruise’s Nathan Algren also gets pretty miffed with his The Last Samurai captors from time to time. Highlight: “WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING HERE!?”
Berserk yet controlled obscenities and a scathing levelling of information – shouting galore from Les Grossman. The whole performance is very angry in general. Highlight: “I WILL F*** YOU UP!!!”.
War of the Worlds
Cruise’s daughter, Rachel (Dakota Fanning), keeps getting into trouble. This leads to plenty of bellowing, particularly of “RAACHEEELLL!!!” as doting father Cruise flies into a panic. Aliens are invading, who wouldn’t freak out?
Cruise bigs it up as an arrogant misogynist in this epic Paul Thompson Anderson romp. His relentless foul language makes posting a highlight rather difficult. This is a family blog, dammit!
In this flawed but enjoyable romp, Cruise’s conflicted and tumultuated (it’s a word) character gets angry a lot due to his predicament. His face is messed up, you see, and he’s lost his good looks. This has made him angry. Highlight: “For a minute there I thought we were talking about A F***ING MASK!!!”.
When there’s an impossible mission impending there really is only one solution: SHOUT!
Edge of Tomorrow
Cruise’s character spends most of his time copping it one in this fun sci-fi majigger, which leads to some notable moments of shoutiness. Unsurprisingly, these often involve profanity.
File this one under “Miscellaneous” as he doesn’t do a huge amount of shouting, although he does get angry every now and then. Highlight: “I do this for a living!”.
Stunts, drama, action, and, of course, shouting! Awesome science fiction spectacular Minority Report excelled in most areas, particularly the bouts of bellowing bestowed upon the big screen.
Interview with the Vampire
Lestat de Lioncourt is a vampire and one angry SOB. In this epic from 1994, also starring William Bradley “Brad” Pitt, he’s barely able to control his impulse to yell stuff. Pitt’s character, by the way, is called Louis de Pointe du Lac. Fancy, eh?
Finally we wrap things up with this legendary shouty moment which defined shouting in movies during the 1990s. Show him the moolah.