Tom Cruise has responded to the meme about his allegedly fake butt in 2008's Valkyrie. The A-list star has always been the subject of weird and wonderful stories, although the latest is one of the most bizarre - and, as the star tells it, unfounded.
Recently, a viral image of the actor in Bryan Singer's movie about a failed attempt to assassinate Hitler was posted online positing that Cruise wore some form of "fake butt" in one scene. You can check out the viral tweet below. As you can see, the perspective definitely makes Cruise's rear end look disproportionate:
hello, please, i present the theory that for one single shot in Valkyrie (2008), at 5:12, tom cruise wears a fake butt. observe: pic.twitter.com/Tw6yTbsQUe
— swizz keats (@iluvbutts247) August 20, 2017
The film's screenwriter and serial Cruise collaborator Christopher McQuarrie declined to open up about the theory, and no official statement has been made by Cruise's side - until now.
When Screen Rant sat down with Cruise to discuss his new film, true-life crime thriller American Made, we put the controversy to Tom. He was unaware of the meme and, in no uncertain terms, happily shot the talk down:
"I have no idea. There was no prosthetic in Valkyrie. No."
This would seem to draw a line under all the speculation and joking about fake rear-end. As you'll see in our full interview with Cruise and director Doug Liman later this week, Cruise seemed unaware of the internet joke, finding the very idea of it causing a stir humorous. Whether he's deflecting from an obvious cushion or similar we don't know, but it would seem the official line is that the "fake butt" is all an illusion.
The conversation came from a very specific running gag in American Made where Cruise's character repeatedly moons his family when leaving on his increasingly dangerous travels. We asked Cruise about that and, again, he made clear it was all him:
"It's me. It's not CGI, it's me. I do my own mooning in films. So let it be known - I do my own mooning."
This gag is sure to continue the discussion, but the actor's statements put to rest much of the speculation.
In American Made, Cruise plays Barry Seal, an airline pilot bored with what he views as a humdrum life who starts smuggling for the CIA, and then Colombian cartels, getting increasingly off the right track and into deadly situations. Doug Liman previously said the film was intended to be poking fun at the typical Tom Cruise type, something we further discussed in our interview with the director and star.