There's probably not a single person in the country that wouldn't recognize his face. He's been a major movie star for decades, leading in some of our favorite action films, dramas, and thrillers. He's also made headlines for his personal life, for better or for worse. He's Tom Cruise, and he's arguably one of the most famous dudes in the country — and in the world, for that matter.
But how much do you really know about this leading man? As it turns out, there are some lesser-known facts about Cruise that all might not be privy to. Below, we've compiled a list of these facts, allowing your to familiarize yourself even more with a face it feels like we all already know. From his antics on screen to his questionable devotion to Scientology, these facts represent the real Tom Cruise — the man behind the myth. #14 is actually very surprising.
#1. He's not afraid to let his freak flag fly.
Remember the infamous “couch incident” on the Oprah Winfrey Show? To show his excitement about falling in love with Katie Holmes, Tom Cruise jumped on the sofa during an interview with Oprah. It was, in a word, weird.
#2. He loves doing his own stunts.
Remember the insane opening to Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation? Where Tom’s character hangs off the side of a plane? Yeah, he actually did that?
#3. He was a wrestler in high school.
In fact, he originally planned on going professional before he got into acting.
#4. You'll never find him in action figure form.
Tom refuses to allow his likeness to be used for video games or figurines, despite the fact that he’s played many action figure-worthy characters.
#5. Tom came up with the character of Les Grossman in Tropic Thunder.
He actually told Ben Stiller that Les needed to be bald and have a weird love of dancing. Way to improvise, Tom.