Tom Cruise is dead — or at least that seems to be what the internet rumor mill is cranking out today. Â The famed actor, known for his roles in such movies as “Risky Business,” “Top Gun,” and the “Mission: Impossible” series and his avid belief in Scientology, seems to have become the latest in the dead celebrity hoax parade. Â But Tom Cruise is very much not dead.
He’s a hologram. Â That’s what he told MTV Friday in an interview. Â MTV talked with Tom Cruise and Will.i.am on the phone. Â The two were promoting the Black Eyed Peas’ singer’s song from the upcoming “Cruise” movie “Knight and Day.”
Cruise thought the rumor was amusing. Â “I’m really alive,” he confirmed. “Did the internet get it wrong again?”
Again? Â Yes, again. Â Tom Cruise was the victim of a dead celebrity hoax/ rumor in 2009 as well. Â And it seems to be the same rumor as the death hoax rumor that swept the internet in November. Â That rumor had several forms, but the most persistent was the version where he fell from a cliff in New Zealand.
But haven’t we heard that dead celebrity rumor before?
Of course we have. Last June, on the same day that Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett died, a Twitter-generated hoax reported that actor Jeff Goldblum (“Jurassic Park”, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”) was killed when he fell from Kauri cliff while filming a movie in New Zealand. Â Oddly enough, Tom Cruise fell from the same cliff as Jeff Goldblum. Â Even odder still, Jeff Goldblum appeared on Comedy Central Network’s “The Colbert Report” that same night and read his own obituary.
Actor Gary Coleman was also the victim of a dead celebrity hoax/ rumor that dominated internet traffic Friday. Â Unlike not dead Tom Cruise, who is in good health in London, Coleman was admitted to a Utah hospital Wednesday and has since slipped into a life-threatening coma.