[ 2006-08-23 10:26 ]
Paramount Pictures has severed its
14-year-old ties to Tom Cruise's production company because of his
off-screen behavior, the chairman of the studio's parent company said on
Wednesday in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.
Cruise and Katie Holmes (08/19/06)
The report signaled the end of one of the most lucrative production
deals commanded by any A-list Hollywood star and followed other signs that
Cruise's public stature had been damaged by his conduct during the past
Cruise's representatives and officials from Viacom and Paramount did
not have any immediate comment on the report.
Days after his latest film, "Mission: Impossible III," opened to
lower-than-expected domestic ticket sales in May, an opinion poll showed
his star power in the eyes of the public had dimmed considerably.
Months ago, Grey was one of several movie industry executives who
publicly rallied to Cruise's defense to insist that his status and
popularity were undiminished.
They were reacting to a USA Today/Gallup poll in which half of those
surveyed registered an "unfavorable" opinion of the actor. Many cited his
off-screen behavior during the past year, including his outspoken defense
of his religion, Scientology,
and his blunt criticism of psychiatry and actress Brooke Shield's
treatment for postpartum
Cruise also became the butt of
jokes for his manic, couch-hopping appearance on "The
Oprah Winfrey Show" last May to declare his love for actress Katie Holmes,
who recently gave birth to Cruise's first biological child, a daughter
they named Suri.
"As much as we like him personally, we thought it was wrong to renew
his deal," Redstone was quoted as saying in the Wall Street Journal report
e-mailed to reporters. "His recent conduct has not been acceptable to
postpartum depression: 产后抑郁症
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