Tom Cruise Heads Back to Work After Shocking Fans
Tom Cruise was seen spotted at Duxford Airfield in Cambridge as he attended a flying lesson ahead of Mission Impossible 8 filming on Friday afternoon.
The actor, who has been spotted at the airfield several times recent weeks, emerged after he shocked fans with his changing appearance while at an LA Dodgers game.
Last month Cruise appeared almost unrecognizable to some fans, as he enjoyed Game 2 of the National League Division Series in San Francisco.
Some fans questioned whether Cruise has had fillers put in his face as they commented on his barely-recognisable face.
However the A-lister was looking much more like his old self this week, as he was seen alongside his entourage at the British airfield.
Cruise, who has been filming Mission Impossible 7 in the UK this year, is now reportedly learning to fly a World War II fighter jet in preparation for Mission: Impossible 8.
Cruise was dressed in a black knit jumper which he teamed with a pair of dark jeans and black boots.
The action man is reknowned for doing his own stunts in his films, and it appears the eighth installemnt of the Mission Impossible franchise will be no be different.
In photos obtained by Metro, Cruise could be seen learning to fly a 1943 Boeing-Stearman Model 75 with the help of ex-German Air Force pilot Klaus Plasa.
Cruise holds a helicopter licence and a fixed-wings pilot’s licence.
A source told The Sun: ‘Tom had started to learn to fly a Boeing Stearman biplane earlier this year for a major stunt scene in Mission: Impossible 8.
‘It’s obviously a highly skilled task but as usual, he has no plans to cut any corners or bring in a stuntman.
Cruise was enjoying a night out at Oracle Park to watch the San Francisco Giants play the Los Angeles Dodgers with his son Connor, 26, by his side on October 9.
While many Twitter users genuinely appeared skeptical that it was indeed Cruise at the game, others likened his appearance to Canadian stand-up Norm Macdonald, the former SNL star who passed away last month.
Others speculated as to how the actor’s face had changed.
‘Tom Cruise has either gained weight, or he has a face full of fillers. I’m going with the fillers,’ one person wrote.
Another simply asked: ‘What has Tom Cruise done to his face?’
However, some leaped to his defense, with a fan arguing: ‘Tom Cruise putting some weight on in his face because he’s prob not filming a movie requiring him to be in not-human shape and getting memed all over for it feels awfully yucky to me.’
Another Twitter user wrote: ‘At first I felt a little bad that everyone was making fun of Tom Cruise’s face because it honestly looks like some sort of side effect to me.’
They added: ‘But then I remembered he’s spent decades criticizing people for taking meds. Drag that pillow face.’
The last tweet was in reference to Cruise’s comments about Brooke Shields.
Cruise previously suggested that the Church is against psychiatric drugs, having got into a public spat with Shields in 2005 over her use of antidepressants to battle postpartum depression.
But Shields hit back at Cruise after he called her actions ‘irresponsible.’
‘Tom should stick to saving the world from aliens and let women who are experiencing postpartum depression decide what treatment options are best for them,’ Shields said at the time.
The actress revealed that a year later, Cruise came over to her house to apologize.
‘I was so impressed with how heartfelt it was,’ she told Jay Leno in 2006. ‘And I didn’t feel at any time that I had to defend myself, nor did I feel that he was trying to convince me of anything other than the fact that he was deeply sorry. And I accepted it.’