In the mid-nineties, a young Tom Cruise already founded in Hollywood as one of its major stars. Despite this, there are still directors who doubt that he is the star of their stories. This is exactly what happened in the movie Jerry Maguire, where Tom convinced the director to give him the role with an unbeatable offer: I will work by appointment free of charge.
In 1986, Tom Cruise made his most important leap to fame Top Gun, a film that opened the doors to many top-level productions. Almost a decade ago, a project emerged from the director Cameron Crowe; When the actor heard about this comedy-drama, he insisted on auditioning.
Crowe had other plans, because, although he did not doubt Tom Cruise’s acting qualities, In his personal view he was another Tom who was born to give life to the sports publicist.
However Tom Hanks turned down the role offered to him, the future protagonist of Mission: Impossible He still couldn’t convince Cameron Crowe. The reason for this rejection was recently revealed by Crowe himself on the American podcast Here’s the Thing. In his words, he was worried about that Tom Cruise will take over that personal project and that production suffers from unexpected developments.
As his biggest persuasive tool, Cruise made an incredible offer to convince the director to cast him. Jerry Maguire: the He offered to shoot the film without paying for his performance. Crowe recalled the anecdote and assured that it was the best decision, not only was he mistaken in thinking that Tom would take over the production, but the actor also used his own influences in giving more visibility to the tape which resulted in a success at the box office and with critics.
With $273 million collected at the box office, the film also opened the doors for Tom Cruise and Cameron Crowe to work together again, this time on film. Vanilla Sky.
Don’t you know this tape either?
Despite its good reception, Jerry Maguire is not one of the most famous films of Tom Cruise’s career, so it is not surprising that even today there are They had never heard of him. So we leave you with a synopsis below.
“Jerry Maguire is one of the most qualified employees of a prestigious agency dedicated to the promotion of athletes. His life was going smoothly until he realized that people are more important than money. That day he was kicked out and abandoned by his friends. He has no choice but to start from scratch, with a second-rate soccer player as his client and a single mother as his secretary,” S
If you want to see it, you can find it in the HBO Max catalog.