Tom Cruise Inspires Students With Surprise Graduation Speech [Video]

In an unexpected appearance, actor Tom Cruise gave a surprise speech The Joanne Baron & D.W. Brown Studio graduation this weekend, in a talk intended to inspire the acting graduates to pursue their dreams. Shocked students sat up and took note as the Mission Impossible actor told of how he was first inspired to become an actor, started becoming successful and maintained his success to become one of the world's most famous actors.

Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise: Inspiring Young Minds In A Surprise Speech.

In a rather unanimated speech - hardly the kind of inspiration acting graduates trying to make their way in a tough job market need - Cruise spoke of his early days as a wannabe actor, trying to find success without having had any formal training. Looking sharp in a suit and tie, the Scientologist sex symbol instilled some of his guru-like acting knowledge upon the advice-hungry ears, peppered with anecdotes from his rise to the top. He told the acting cohort that his dream to become an actor was forged when he discovered his enthusiasm for comedy.

"I liked to make people laugh. I really enjoyed making my mother laugh and my sister laugh," he said, adding that his rather unofficial training included seeing as many films at the movie theatre as possible, working any odd jobs to save up for film tickets.

Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise Gave A Surprise Speech At Acting Students' Graduation Ceremony.

Upon landing his first movie role, in 1981's Taps, alongside fellow newbie Sean Penn, Cruise voiced his unabashed excitement, recalling, "It was an incredible experience. I remember at night I couldn't sleep because I thought: 'This is my dream. I love it so much being part of this group and seeing what this process is like.'"


Cruise's speech went down a storm with the young actors, with student Greice Santo telling the New York Post "That he took time out of his incredibly busy schedule to speak to a graduation class of 60 students was overwhelming."

Cruise's appearance may not have completely come out of the blue - it has been revealed that the 51 year-old actor's cousin William Mapother (Mad Men, Lost) was a graduate of the Los Angeles school, yet Cruise's act will have certainly had a positive impact on the ambitious squad of students.

Watch Footage Of Tom Cruise's Surprise Graduation Speech:


Contactmusic

Tags: Tom Cruise - Sean Penn - William Mapother

Advertisement

More Tom Cruise

The 10 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Videos You Need To See

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has taken the internet by storm over the past few weeks as famous faces have been calling each other out...

Live. Die. Repeat or Edge of Tomorrow. Warner Bros Can't Decide

Edge of Tomorrow may just have been the unexpected hit of the summer, but Warner Bros. aren't done with the surprises yet - they seem...

Katie Holmes On Life After Divorce, Her Career And Parenting

Actress Katie Holmes has kept a low-profile since her divorce from Tom Cruies in 2012, but recently, she came out with an interview, where she...

Lead Film Roles That Could Have Looked Very Different

With Robert Downey Jr fitting so perfectly as likeable irritant Tony Stark, Christian Bale slipping so easily into the tortured billionaire psyche of Bruce Wayne...

Advertisement

Why Is Jack Reacher The Most Complained About Film of 2013?

According to figures released by the British Board Of Film Classification (BBFC), the Tom Cruise action thriller Jack Reacher was 2013’s most complained about film....

Jack Reacher Grabs Unwanted Record: Most Complained About Film of 2013

The British Board of Film Classification received more complained about Tom Cruise's 12A-rated Jack Reacher that any other movie in 2013, with the thriller receiving...

Those Tom Cruise 'Star Wars' Rumours Shot Out of Space by Representative

Well that didn’t last long. Any lingering hopes that Tom Cruise would be the latest addition to the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII have...

Tom Cruise Will Not Be Making A Cameo Appearance In 'Star Wars Episode VII,' Rep Confirms

Fans of 'Star Wars' have been in a frenzy for the last couple of days as it was reported Tom Cruise may be appearing in...

Advertisement

Comments

Tom Cruise Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Tom Cruise

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All