Cruise camp: Fans weren't paid to cheer for Tom
December 7th, 2011
02:00 PM ET

Cruise camp: Fans weren't paid to cheer for Tom

The Mumbai premiere of “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” was said to be packed full of ecstatic Tom Cruise supporters cheering wildly for the movie star, as reportedly was the airport when Cruise arrived in India Saturday.

But according to the Hollywood Reporter, Indian papers are reporting that those fans were actually paid extras. And Tom’s camp is fighting back.

The First Post Bollywood reports that approximately 200 extras were paid to cheer for Tom, 49, when he arrived in Mumbai. The paper says the “fans” were given 150 rupees a piece (or about $3), plus lunch.

"We were told to come here by 1 p.m. today and wait for a foreign VIP to come out of the airport gate and scream and shout when he came," an extra told the paper. "None of us know who Tom is."

Paramount Pictures, the studio distributing “Ghost Protocol,” is fighting the faux fan accusations. "Tom Cruise is a massive star and attracts huge throngs of fans as he travels the world promoting 'Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,'" a Paramount spokesperson said in a statement to The Huffington Post. "The only people paid were performers who danced outside the venue. The idea that fans were paid to cheer is completely ludicrous and entirely false."

The Indian public's love for Tom may have been called into question, but Tom's eager to work in the country's film industry. At the Mumbai "Ghost Protocol" premiere, the actor hinted that he’d like to do a Bollywood film. “I would never say no,” Cruise enthused of the prospect. “I would love to do it."

soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Amera

    I like Tom Cruise he`s a great actor and whether the fans were paid or not I honestly don`t care. As far as his Scientology antics that`s none of my business either. His private life is his business and that`s the gist of it. I, for one, can`t wait for Ghost Protocol!

    December 10, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Guest

    No,they werent paid to cheer
    They were forced to by the scientology mutaween

    December 8, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  3. xdougx

    I believe it. My fee would be $5000 + lunch + evening with escort + plane fare + hotel.

    December 8, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. big Al of KC

    What do you expect from Hollywood narcissism? The Bollywood comment was only to save face!

    December 8, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. krm1007

    The Multidimensional Poverty Index developed by Oxford University shows that India is far poorer than Africa not just in number but also in intensity.
    The new poverty measure shows that 8 states out of the 29 states in India have more poor people than 26 poorest African countries combined. The Multidimensional poverty index views poverty from several different angles instead of just GDP figures. India is crippled by so many problems. For example, India's population growth rate is increasing by the day putting pressure on the limited resources and leaving many Indians in absolute poverty. India is very poor in terms of education, in terms of economic improvement, infrastructure, heath care, etc.

    December 8, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  6. loser

    he is so over

    December 8, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. p zombie

    Tom cruise is brilliant. Not because of his intelligence but because of how he makes success. Give him a break he is capable of some pretty incredible stuff.

    December 8, 2011 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  8. Marc

    Mubai isn't just a sand covered area you know. It's a very advanced city and a huge entertainment area.

    December 8, 2011 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  9. @violet


    December 7, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. boocat


    December 7, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bender

    You get him Richard Fore. Tommy is just a troll and a dooder.

    December 7, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Violet

    Donald Trump made him famous!

    December 7, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Richard Fore

    Tommie likes to think he's hot stuff, but I could beat him up no problem, and I would if he would come over.

    December 7, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. krm1007

    Pathetic. When the Indians see a gora/caucasian they start licking the beehind. compliments of the british slavery experience for the hindus. They have no self respect and dignity. Will sell their mothers for a paisa.

    December 7, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. CNNreader

    I think Tom Cruise is fantastic and anyone who criticizes him is just jealous. He's a great actor and is nice to his fans.

    December 7, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Gimcy

    He is soooo pathetic...

    December 7, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Who is more pathetic, a rich movie star or the fool who sits at her computer complaining about him because of an unverified accusation she read?

      December 7, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Big Gay AL

    I loved when Tom came on the Big Gay AL Cruise.

    December 7, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |

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