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MTK 06-20-2005 04:00 PM

Cruise Waylaid by Water Gun
Part of me wants to laugh, but another part of me thinks this is over the line, what do you guys think?


[url="http://www.eonline.com/Facts/People/Bio/0,128,34,00.html"][color=#0000ff]Tom Cruise[/color][/url] didn't take too kindly to being punk'd.

Hollywood's top gun found himself all wet Sunday after a man posing as a TV reported squired Cruise with water from a specially rigged microphone during a red-carpet interview at the London premiere of [url="http://www.eonline.com/News/Items/0,1,13720,00.html"][i][color=#0000ff]War of the Worlds[/color][/i][/url]. The bit was supposed to be for a Ashton Kutcher-esque British comedy show. But Cruise wasn't laughing.

The video of the deluge is already makes the rounds on the Web. In it, the beaming Cruise steps up for what he thinks will be a brief Q&A with a British camera crew staking out the entrance to the Leicester Square theater. Cruise begins answering a question when the microphone unloads a stream of water in the actor's face, dousing his face and jacket.

Considering what transpired, the suddenly soaked Cruise tried to remain his composure.

"Why would you do that?...Why would you do that?...What's so funny about that?" asked the flabbergasted actor while wiping himself off with a blue towel handed to him by an assistant.

The 42-year-old thesp---whose [url="http://www.eonline.com/News/Items/0,1,16774,00.html"][color=#0000ff]bride to be[/color][/url], actress [url="http://www.eonline.com/Facts/People/Bio/0,128,49645,00.html"][color=#0000ff]Katie Holmes[/color][/url], was at the premiere but wasn't in the line of fire--initially kept smiling, but was clearly upset.

"Do you like thinking less of people, is that it?" Cruise asked as he gripped the perpetrator by both shoulders.

The interviewer mumbled something inaudible, then tried to bolt. "Don't run away!" Cruise said, obviously peeved.

"You're a jerk...jerk...you're a jerk," Cruise continued. "That's incredibly rude. I'm here giving you an interview and you do that…It's incredibly rude."

After toweling off, Cruise continued plying the red carpet. He and Holmes, 26, who [url="http://www.eonline.com/News/Items/0,1,16774,00.html"][color=#0000ff]became engaged[/color][/url] on Friday atop the Eiffel tower in Paris, held hands and kissed as flashbulbs exploded and fans cheered. They stuck around for at least an hour to sign autographs and wave to the crowd.

Meanwhile security led away the prankster and three members of his camera crew. The quartet was later arrested on suspicion of assault; they were released on bail Monday morning, while authorities consider whether to file charges.

"They are being investigated in relation to an alleged assault on Mr. Cruise," a police source told London's [i]Independent[/i] newspaper. "It was just water, but that can be very alarming when it comes from a crowd out of nowhere."

The [i]Mission: Impossible[/i] star's sister and publicist, Lee Ann DeVette, was not immediately available for comment Monday. But the [i]London Times[/i] quotes her as saying Cruise might seek retribution.

"He is not just going to forget about it. He wants to make sure we get to the bottom of it," DeVette said. "We want to know who was involved and what it was all for. We have not received an apology and are still waiting to get hold of the people at Channel 4 and at the production company [behind the TV show].

"Tom does want to take action but we don't know precisely what until we know more about the people we are dealing with."

The people the Cruise camp is dealing with is the the brain trust behind Britain's new [i]Entertainment 4[/i] series, which has also ambushed the likes of [url="http://www.eonline.com/Facts/People/Bio/0,128,29925,00.html"][color=#0000ff]Paris Hilton[/color][/url] and [url="http://www.eonline.com/Facts/People/Bio/0,128,71005,00.html"][color=#0000ff]Sharon Osbourne[/color][/url]. Osbourne, waylaid by a squirt earlier this month, was apparently less forgiving than Cruise. Ozzy's missus reportedly dumped a champagne bucket filled with ice and water over one of the offending cameramen.

On Monday, a rep for Channel 4 issued a statement on behalf of its show: "The water squirting was not intended to cause offense and was very much in a spirit of fun. The stunt was intended to be light-hearted rather than malicious and we would apologize to Mr. Cruise for any offense caused."

BrudLee 06-20-2005 04:10 PM

Re: Cruise Waylaid by Water Gun
Not to be overly dramatic, but in an era of celebrity stalkers, terror warnings, and 24-hour bad news cycles, I can see Cruise being on edge. Still, after his initial pissed-offedness, he should have calmed down.

TheMalcolmConnection 06-20-2005 04:22 PM

Re: Cruise Waylaid by Water Gun
I think I would have reacted with a swift punch to the throat. I guess when things happen like that, you see human nature at it's finest.

Poor Tommy Tom.

RedskinRat 06-20-2005 06:09 PM

Re: Cruise Waylaid by Water Gun
These days you never know what you're being squirted with. Thankfully I'm not famous so I'm not getting pie'd, squirted or flour bombed.

I think my hooker makes me pay extra for that.

BrudLee 06-20-2005 07:56 PM

Re: Cruise Waylaid by Water Gun
[QUOTE=RedskinRat]I think my hooker makes me pay extra for that.[/QUOTE]

Still, make sure you negotiate up front about that. No one wants to debate "hidden charges" with a prostitute. Believe me.

This [u]is[/u] a PM, right?

Sheriff Gonna Getcha 06-20-2005 08:19 PM

Re: Cruise Waylaid by Water Gun
[QUOTE=RedskinRat]These days you never know what you're being squirted with. Thankfully I'm not famous so I'm not getting pie'd, squirted or flour bombed.

I think my hooker makes me pay extra for that.[/QUOTE]

At least Bill Clinton wasn't squirting him with his family's secret sauce.

SmootSmack 06-21-2005 12:52 AM

Re: Cruise Waylaid by Water Gun
Not a good time to be a movie [URL=http://www.eonline.com/News/Items/0,1,16787,00.html]star[/URL]

TheMalcolmConnection 06-21-2005 04:24 AM

Re: Cruise Waylaid by Water Gun
Nope. I bet Leo thought he got Punk'd.

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