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From Grantland’s conversation about “Edge of Tomorrow”:

We needed this movie from Tom Cruise. And Tom Cruise desperately needed to give it to us. …

Not like it’s a new feeling, but there’s always something a little disorienting about Cruise box-office disappointment. Other actors haveinfluence in American culture. Tom Cruise essentially is his influence in American culture. He’s coterminous with it, like Louis Armstrong with jazz or O.J. Simpson with probably murdering people. That was why his downfall was so jarring in the first place, wasn’t it? Because he represented some core truth about the nameless heart of America? We thought that truth was charismatic and winning, and then it turned out to be a thetan-festooned, delusional gnome who just happened to look awesome in Wayfarers. Whoops! Even still, you worry that a Cruise no one cares about will actually shrink, or else turn sort of weak and translucent, a firm-jawed Tinkerbell in a world in which no one believes in fairies. …

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