As we know, Tom Cruise is in India where he is promoting The Most Impossible Mission Of Them All: The Ghost Mission. Yesterday, it was reported that he talked about how much he loved Bollywood movies to the point of lying and saying that he would never turn down a Bollywood movie if offered one. Sure, Tom Cruise. Today it is being reported that the screaming swarms of fans greeting him at the airport were actually PAID ACTORS (“junior artistes”). From FirstPost:

When the world’s biggest star and possibly the most famous Scientologist on earth, Tom Cruise, stepped out of the Mumbai domestic airport on Saturday with his entourage, little did he know that the screaming crowds he was waving out to were not his Indian fans at all!

In fact, the 200-and-odd people gathered there didn’t even know who he was and they couldn’t care less. They had been hired at the rate of Rs 150, or $3 per person approximately, by a model coordinator to do the same!

“Tom kaun? I don’t know who he is or what he does. We were told to come here by 1pm today and wait for a foreign VIP to come out of the airport gate and scream and shout when he came. None of us know who Tom is. There was a buffet lunch also for us and we were paid Rs 150 for this job today. We do this for television shows and other such events where crowds are required,” said one of the junior artistes at the airport, who was hired as an excited Tom fan.

This is, of course, to be taken with a grain of Kala Namak because it’s mostly being reported on small websites of questionable journalistic integrity, but either way, you have to admit that it is kind of hilarious. TOM KAUN? NEVER HEARD OF HIM! I’m also a very big fan of calling these people “junior artistes.” Because that’s clearly what they are. In any case, it’s just nice to see that no matter where they go in the world, a movie star’s life continues to be one that is real and relatable and makes sense and is a thing we can easily wrap our minds around because of how much sense it makes. So there’s that to hold onto. (Thanks for the tip, Melanie.)

Comments (16)
  1. Yet another fake relationship for ol Tommy.

  2. Top Gun, not Tom Kaun

  3. “But that little kid covered in feces and asking for my autograph was a real fan, right?”

  4. his is, of course, to be taken with a grain of Kala Namak because it’s mostly being reported on small websites of questionable journalistic integrity

    I am not sure if this is an intentional self-dig or not, but it is amusing nonetheless. Also, give yourself credit, Videogum! You’re the world’s preeminent trampoline accident news source! AND the publisher of Duh Aficionado! You could be doing a lot worse.

  5. “Shoot, we thought we were getting Tom Jane” – Mumbai
    “Shoot, I though I was getting my wife and kids back” – Tom Jane

  6. “You guys have underwear dancing in your movies, right?” – Tom Kaun

  7. “$3 and a lunch buffet?! i should’ve held out for a better deal” – katie holmes

  8. Tom Cruise is weird.

  9. “After taking his picture in the Taj Mahal, Cruise offered local residents ‘free stress exams’ with the purchase of any Mission Impossible DVD”

  10. “The Most Impossible Mission Of Them All: The Ghost Mission”


  11. I used to work in politics and part of my job was to arrange people to show up at airports to cheer and hold signs when politicians landed, so that they looked and felt popular. I will not reveal the name of the politician who was ENDLESSLY FURIOUS with me that I only sent 12 people to cheer one of her Santa Monica Airport landings (but I will give you a hint: it rhymes with Denator Fianne Sienstein).

  12. I have this. It’s called my staff. They’re always thrilled when I show up to work. (I’m a really good boss. Plus I base promotions and raises on a strict baked goods to applause ratio.)

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