Some people might think that acting is the easiest job in the world: You get millions of dollars just to read lines that someone else wrote, and at the end of the day you get to relax in a swimming pool filled with cocaine. And that might be true, if you're a really shitty actor. But if you want to get good at it? Well, you have to be a little crazy.
Actually, probably more than a little ...
5 Tom Cruise Became a FedEx Driver to Prep for Collateral
For the casual moviegoer, Tom Cruise's versatility as an actor ranges from cocky, attractive action hero in Mission: Impossible to cocky, attractive action hero in Top Gun, while some also remember him in his standout role as a cocky, attractive action hero in Minority Report. But Cruise is kind of unfairly maligned in this way -- when he's allowed to venture out of his pigeonhole, the man can really act.
When he was cast as Vincent in Collateral, the only real villain of his career to date, he was determined to get it right. So Tom Cruise secretly murdered six homeless men.
And all of them were on Oprah's couch.
Ha, no. If that had happened, you probably wouldn't just now be reading about it on Cracked. The man still went all out, though.
The problem with casting Tom Cruise as a professional assassin is that one of the necessary features of being one -- the ability to blend into a crowd -- is the one thing that Tom Cruise has no experience with. He's quite possibly the most instantly recognizable human in the world. He can't scratch his nuts without every celebrity magazine on Earth running it as a front-page spread. That was the first thing he had to fix.
To help prepare himself for that anonymous killer mindset, Cruise decided to pull an Assassin's Creed and learn how to blend in. So he dressed up like a FedEx worker and delivered packages to a crowded LA marketplace, all while trying his hardest not to be noticed by literally every person around him.
The amazing thing is, not only did he deliver the packages using the thinnest disguise imaginable ...
"So, how about that local sports team that I totally follow? Am I right?"
... but absolutely no one caught on that he was Tom Cruise, even when he sat down and had an entire conversation with a total stranger.
"So what are your favorite Tom Cruise movies? Like, if I held this gun to your head, first three that jump to mind."
And yes, Cruise did actually take it upon himself to learn the other half of being a professional killer, i.e., how to actually kill people. He did extensive training with guns, learning how to shoot quickly and accurately, all with live ammo. He got so good that, on set, he was able to draw his gun and shoot helpless extras down in just under three seconds. Luckily, that time they used blanks, but we guess what we're saying is that if Tom Cruise ever decided on a change of career, "faceless killer" is totally in the cards. Incidentally, that's why we didn't make any Scientology jokes.