Select a job you’re keen on, and you may never should work a day in your life — or never stop working.
Tom Cruise said he has never taken a break day during his nearly 40-year profession in Hollywood.
The 59-year-old star is promoting his highly anticipated “Top Gun: Maverick” sequel film.
When asked what he does on his days off, the actor replied that he’s undecided because he’s never taken any PTO.
“It is a break day for me because I’m not shooting!” he told Bella. “I’m just chillin’ now. I don’t have days off. Look, I’m fortunate, I’m lucky. I’ve spent my life on movie sets and traveling the world, which is what I all the time desired to do. So this isn’t work — I’m living the dream.”
His seemingly shocking revelation aligns with a recent anecdote from director Doug Liman, whom Cruise worked with while shooting “Fringe of Tomorrow” in 2014 and “American Made” in 2017.
The star is legendary for his commitment to performing his own stunts, sharing that he has been a daredevil since he was a baby. ©Paramount/Courtesy Everett Col
Cruise has 49 film credits listed on IMDb since he first appeared in “Limitless Love” in 1981. © Paramount Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection
“I lived with Tom once we made ‘American Made,’ ” Liman explained to Deadline. “If you work with Tom, it’s a seven-days-a-week job. Regardless of how hard a employee you’re, and I consider myself that, it’s nothing in comparison with Tom.”
He then recalled that, after working “40 or 50 straight days,” he asked Cruise whether he would wish to have a good time his birthday — July 3 — with “a protracted weekend” over the July 4 holiday.
However the hard-working actor replied that it will be the proper time to have an eight-hour aviation meeting that they had been having trouble scheduling.
“I’m beyond drained and I’m like, ‘You ought to have an eight-hour meeting in your birthday?’ He said, ‘Yes, that’s what I would like for my birthday. I would like to be making a movie. That’s the very best birthday present.’
“There was no blowing out candles, either,” Liman added, explaining that Cruise doesn’t eat cake in an effort to maintain his fit and chiseled physique.
Cruise is notorious for his dedication to his roles, often performing lots of his own wild stunts. During a masterclass on the Cannes Film Festival, Cruise wondered why everyone appears to be fascinated along with his insistence to perform his own stunts.
“Nobody asked Gene Kelly, ‘Why do you dance?’ ” he replied.
Cruise’s work ethic and dedication to his craft appear to be paying off with the actor and producer being listed as one in every of the richest actors on the earth along with his “Mission: Inconceivable” franchise alone grossing greater than $2.8 billion worldwide, in response to Forbes.