With a single tweet, the entire reality of Tom Cruise’s buttocks came into question. A freeze frame from Cruise’s 2008 historical drama Valkyrie, based around an attempt on the life of Hitler by Nazi officers, may only be remembered for an extraordinarily ample shot of Cruise’s ass. So ample, in fact, that most people believe it’s fake. A prosthetic. It’s become known as the “stunt butt theory,” and now Cruise is dealing with this strange entry into the cultural zeitgeist as he does press for his thrilling drug running film American Made.
Thankfully, ScreenRant got the quote from Cruise that cleared the air and made them heroes for at least a day:
“I have no idea. There was no prosthetic in Valkyrie. No.”
Here’s the scene, which you can watch over and over again if you wish to formulate your own opinion outside of a still-frame.
The fact that this is not a fake butt is further backed up by Cruise’s trainer Wes Okerson, who told Men’s Health that it was absolutely real and the product of hard work and dedication: “It’s real. He was working long hours and we were training every single day. Definitely, definitely real. He does his own stunts. It’s pretty well-documented. The guy trains really, really hard. He puts in the hours and he puts in the effort and the work.”
American Made also features Cruise’s bare bottom in multiple scenes, which has become yet another subject of scrutiny. But like his own stunts, Cruise is also willing to lay it all out there when it comes to his behind: “It’s me. It’s not CGI, it’s me. I do my own mooning in films. So let it be known — I do my own mooning.”
There we have it. This is all Tom.