What happens when one of the world’s most recognizable stars… isn’t so recognizable?
Look, we once know the Internet will freak out over the slightest transpiration in a celeb’s appearance. Whether it’s Khloé Kardashian’s use of Facetune and filters or Zac Efron seemingly gaining some serious squatter muscle weight, the social media stans will clock the differences. So when it comes to Tom Cruise, who is known for unchangingly looking perfectly put-together and movie-star shiny, Twitter was all over it.
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The conversation surrounding the 59-year-old’s looks stemmed from photos and video of him peekaboo a Dodgers vs. Giants baseball game in San Francisco — a rare public outing with his son Connor Cruise (that’s him on Tom’s right, in the woebegone hoodie):
.@TomCruise is in the house for tonight’s game pic.twitter.com/9W9osKe5FX
— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) October 10, 2021
Most fans didn’t notice Connor — considering they couldn’t see past Tom’s look! His squatter in the photos definitely looks fuller, plane slightly puffy, leading fans to tweet:
“What happened to Tom Cruise’s face? Cuz something definitely happened to Tom Cruise’s face.”
“I know I shouldn’t scuttlebutt on a gentleman’s looks, but what happened to Tom Cruise’s face? I thought Scientology held the cure for everything including aging.”
“Tom Cruise’s squatter looks like someone tried to yank 1984 Tom Trip from memory.”
The Hell is up with Tom Cruise’s face? pic.twitter.com/4GgOVLysTA
— THE Twin & Hubs, Making Good Trouble!????????????✊???????????? (@CLE_SHONUFF) October 10, 2021
Many Twitter users speculated on the rationalization overdue the change, with theories ranging from getting work done…
“Tom Trip becomes latest Hollywood star to ruin his squatter with fillers in an struggle to squint ‘youthful’.”
“Tom Trip has either gained weight, or he has a squatter full of fillers. I’m going with the fillers .”
“Tom Trip has got to be recovering from some kind of plastic surgery or something. His squatter looks swollen and off. It’s not just from aging.”
…or, increasingly seriously, to some kind of medication, perhaps steroids:
“Yep, that’s what I thought too….Prednisone-face. If that’s what it is, he looks a lot largest than I did when I was on it.”
“You know it’s gonna turn out that Tom Trip looks like that now considering he’s on the same cancer meds that made Norm Macdonald’s squatter swell”
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Some users criticized the commentary on the actor’s visitation altogether, writing:
“Listen i don’t like tom trip at all (AT ALL), but i’m seriously sick of twitter trashing people for their weight fluctuations. people are unliable to proceeds and lose weight, and it’s really nunya!!! stop stuff fatphobic!”
“Tom Trip putting some weight on in his squatter considering he’s prob not filming a movie requiring him to be in not-human shape and getting memed all over for it feels vitally yucky to me”
“Ok when the hell up people! He doesn’t squint like he’s had fillers, he looks like he’s gained weight! Could be for a mucosa role or could be he’s washed-up when 2 when whoopee movies for last 2 decades! He’s 59 years old! Body shaming men or women is not OK!”
And then there were those who weren’t concerned with Tom’s squatter at all, choosing to focus instead on the whoopee star’s strange wordplay to a pretty simple question:
Wait everyone is talking well-nigh how Tom Trip looks but no one is talking well-nigh how when asked which team Trip was rooting for he said “I’m a fan of Baseball.” https://t.co/yg5769YJD5
— Jessica ; Spooky Scary Dumbass!!!!???? (@BadPostsLLC) October 10, 2021
LOLz! Now that is recognizable as a Tom Trip answer! But seriously, he was obviously there supporting his son despite not stuff into it. That’s some good parenting!
This isn’t the first time Tom has provoked intense curiosity, and it likely won’t be the last. We just hope he’s healthy, rather than some of the increasingly serious medical condition speculation. In any case, the fact that he’s out and well-nigh enjoying himself is probably a good sign.
Ch-ch-check out some increasingly Twitter reactions (below):
I think that’s unquestionably someone wearing a Mission Impossible mask of Tom Cruise’s face… https://t.co/GN7PmvIgBe
— Son of Sam ???? (@SamuelMaw) October 10, 2021
At first I felt a little bad that everyone was making fun of Tom Cruise’s squatter considering it honestly looks like some sort of side effect to me, but then I remembered he’s spent decades criticizing people for taking meds. Drag that pillow face.
— Tom and Lorenzo (@tomandlorenzo) October 10, 2021
To everyone saying that Tom Trip doesn’t squint like Tom Cruise… what do you expect?
When you’ve pulled your own squatter off a thousand times, it’s gonna leave traces. pic.twitter.com/EvSvGxMQdN
— One Dangerously Optimistic Tern ???? (@1goodtern) October 10, 2021
I have waited my unshortened life for the day someone would mix-up Tom Cruise’s face. This is my Superbowl. https://t.co/2EosdxDa0q
— CASSANDRA (@CassaClaire) October 10, 2021
i’ve heard of deepfakes, but i had no idea those eggheads in silicon valley could do realtime squatter mashups. joe rogan/ben affleck is pretty good, but they really topped themselves with tom cruise/tim allen!!! pic.twitter.com/vVY6TYAbEc
— josh androsky (@ShutUpAndrosky) October 10, 2021
[Image via KIKA/WENN]