Before 2008, Tom Cruise had proved that he could be a strong actor and that he could carry a movie at the box office. But in 2008 - after a fair amount of off-screen controversy and dwindling box office appeal - he proved how valuable he was as a comedic actor and how willing he was to act like a fool to earn a laugh. Appearing under heavy makeup and nearly unrecognizable in the role, Cruise played an antic studio executive in the comedy Tropic Thunder.
After making so many movies where he was the star, Cruise settled for a supporting role and succeeded in it. He stole every scene he was in and proved that after more than twenty-five years as an actor, he could still create iconic and memorable characters that audiences loved.