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Thursday, May 26, 2005 10:54 am
Tom Cruise the big mouth doctor
Tom Cruise is excellent. During the peak of my movie-attending life > 10 years ago, Cruise's career was on the up. That was when he was in movies like The Color of Money, Rain Man, Cocktail, 4th of July etc.

Unlike many actors, he seems to have maintained his drawing power over the years. I still enjoyed the Mission Impossible series and Minority Report; and now look forward to War of the Worlds. One day he and Brad Pitt may appear in the same movie.

He's managed to keep his Scientology thing quiet for a while, which I think is great. He is free to believe anything he wants, really. But now, he says this (from IMDb):

Tom Cruise has criticized Hollywood pal Brooke Shields' “misguided” use of the anti-depressant Paxil, while declaring the actress' career as over. In an interview with Billy Bush on TV show Access Hollywood, to be screened on Thursday, Cruise speaks of his disappointment to learn Shields used Paxil to fight post-natal depression following the birth of her daughter Rowan. Shields is currently weaning herself off her medication so she and husband Chris Henchy can have another child. Cruise, who claims to have helped people fight drug addictions through his controversial Scientology religion, says the Suddenly Susan actress should have used vitamins to help her feelings of despair. Cruise says, “Here is a woman, and I care about Brooke Shields because I think she is an incredibly talented woman. You look at, where has her career gone?” Despite the Minority Report actor's declaration her career is over, Shields is currently receiving rave reviews playing murderess Roxie Hart in the London theatre production of Chicago. Cruise maintains, “These drugs are dangerous. I have actually helped people come off. When you talk about postpartum, you can take people today, women, and what you do is you use vitamins. There is a hormonal thing that is going on, scientifically, you can prove that. But when you talk about emotional, chemical imbalances in people, there is no science behind that. You can use vitamins to help a woman through those things.”
It actually seems a little silly. Just because Tom Cruise is an actor, or a celebrity, that doesn't make him an authority on every single thing. Is he an authority on paroxetine and anti-depressants now? By all means state your preferences in public, but there's no need to disparage other actors/actresses while you are doing it.

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