Tom Cruise breaks his silence on that ‘Valkyrie’ stunt butt theory
If you've got an internet connection and a lot of free time, you can usually stumble across a theory about one of your favourite movies, television shows or actors that will have you scratching your head. Some of them, like the Simpsons fan theory claiming Homer is actually in a coma for the majority of the show's 28-year run, will change the way you consume media, while others will have you going: "that's quite enough internet for today, good sir".
Online, there's a particularly strange hypothesis making the rounds concerning Tom Cruise, your favourite pint-sized actor, who's starred in the likes of Top Gun, A Few Good Men as well as the Mission: Impossible franchise.
On this occasion, the theory doesn't revolve around his association with the Church of Scientology or the hovering questions over the 55-year-old's sexuality, but rather, a scene in his 2008 film Valkyrie, depicting the 1944 attempt by German army officers to assassinate Adolf Hitler.
This scene is the scene in question. What, did you think we were going to be talking about a forgettable throwaway line that reveals something illuminating about the plot? No. We're going to be talking about Tom Cruise's butt. I guess, like the maker of this YouTube video above, you could call it "juicy". Is this "juicy ass", however, too "juicy" to be true?
That's right: some people are of the opinion that Tom Cruise's butt in Valkyrie is actually a fake one. I'm not sure why you'd want to employ a fake butt in a movie set in the Second World War about assassinating one of history's greatest monster, but there you go.
This tweet, aptly sent out by the user @iluvbutts247, posits that "for one single shot in Valkyrie (2008), at 5:12, tom cruise wears a fake butt". It whipped the internet into a veritable frenzy, as the Twitterati mused at length the roundness and firmness of said butt, and whether prosthetics were used for this ostensibly pointless practical effect.
Now, Tom Cruise has poured cold water on those suggestions, meaning a Few Good Men were actually Far and Away, with the difference between these rumours and the truth being as clear as Knight and Day (okay, that's the last Tom Cruise movie pun. They can be Risky Business, and there's a lot of Collateral).
In an interview with Screen Rant about his new film American Made, Cruise was asked about the possibility that his butt was fake. He shot it down quickly, and to be honest, sounding a little bit confused.
"I have no idea. There was no prosthetic in Valkyrie. No."
Well, there you go guys. Tom Cruise prides himself on being about to do his own stunts in his films, and it's fair to say that Tom Cruise's butt is just as committed to the cause. What a prosthetic butt would be doing in Valkyrie remains to be seen, but let's hope this is the last time someone makes an ass of Tom Cruise. Seriously guys, stop making him the butt of the joke.