Most of the reason we follow celebrity news is because we like watching these people screw up in horrific ways. And let's face it, at this point there is no story of drug abuse, racism, sexual assault, or outright murder that would surprise us. It could turn out that Ryan Gosling secretly organized the 9/11 attacks and we'd just shrug and say, "Celebrities, man. That shit goes to your head."
So maybe we should stop every now and then and point out when they do nice or even heroic things. Because it does happen.
5Tom Cruise Saves Real Lives (Routinely)
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Tom Cruise is one of those celebrities that you can't help but assume lives trapped in a bubble of his own ego and Scientology, refusing to even leave his trailer if some elaborate ritual hasn't been performed first. But repeatedly saving mankind on the big screen has apparently led Cruise to believe that he can also be a hero when the cameras aren't rolling, because he has done it over and over again.
For instance, there's the time Cruise was relaxing on his yacht one morning and spotted a sinking sailboat in flames. He didn't wait for somebody else to show up; he set sail toward the accident and pulled the victims to safety.
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Presumably by using his teeth.
Earlier that same year, after witnessing a hit-and-run accident, Cruise called the paramedics and stayed with the victim, following her to the emergency room and then paying the $7,000 bill when he learned she was uninsured. On another occasion, Cruise saved a boy from being crushed to death by a frenzied mob at one of his film premieres by reaching into the crowd and pulling him out. It's the kind of behavior that led Cruise's publicist to declare, "If I ever get in trouble, I hope Tom Cruise is nearby."
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"If you ever need me, just whisper my name three times to the east and I will appear."
Comedian Bill Hader, who co-starred in Tropic Thunder, has his own anecdote about Cruise's propensity for leaping into action when his Cruise-sense tells him that danger is nigh. You might remember that as the film where Cruise played against type as overweight, bald, foul-mouthed studio executive Les Grossman. Well, while shooting a promo in character for the MTV Movie Awards, Cruise overheard Hader stressing about his family back in New York. Someone had attempted to set off a car bomb there, and Hader had two days left to shoot before he could get back home. Cruise decided that this was unacceptable and went into overdrive, directing two days' worth of remaining footage in under an hour, the whole time dressed in a "karate gi" for some reason (despite his heroics, Cruise is still kind of nuts).
After he finished filming, Cruise threw Hader into a rickshaw and ran him to the airport.