The physical presence of Tom Cruise is felt at least twice a year.
Usually, that presence is tied to a movie premiere, awards season, or viral footage of the Hollywood actor. The former is what most Sydney-siders bared witness to as Tom was in town promoting the 436th Mission Impossible movie.
The red carpet was rolled out and thousands gathered behind barriers just to catch a glimpse of Tom Cruise during his stint down under.
Inside the screening, it was announced that it was actually Tom's 61st birthday and, as if it were scripted, the entire auditorium started singing as a cake was wheeled out for Tom to slice. Tom exclaimed, "This is the best birthday, EVER!" in his signature not-so-chill style, and almost the entire room believed him.
Kee Reece, who was in the cinema for this moment, agreed. "The energy was palpable. I lapped it all up," she admitted before talking about the sheer star power this man has on The Spill podcast.
You can listen to this exact episode of The Spill, right here. Post continues after podcast.
And it's true. Tom Cruise has been a mainstay in Hollywood for four decades. An eternally bankable actor who drums up millions with every movie, all while being adored by the masses.
Which wouldn't be a confusing notion if he was either a) Tom Hanks or b) Paul Rudd, who have both clocked a total of zero controversies over their careers so far. But Tom Cruise has quite the scandalous rap sheet, including, but not limited to: Helping to run a cult-esque church, allegedly controlling behaviour toward his partners, multiple divorces, and accusations of being an absent father.