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Saturday, June 25, 2005

Tom Cruise vs. Matt Lauer

It started off as another by-now-boring appearance when Tom Cruise talked to Matt Lauer on The Today Show on Friday, with the obligatory questions about "War of the Worlds" and his romance with Katie Holmes -- but when the discussion turned to Cruise's recent remarks about psychiatry and pharmacology, the movie star's tone turned a lot more aggressive.  Cruise offered himself as an expert on the subject and mocked Lauer for not knowing what he's talking about, at one point telling the host, "there's no such thing as chemical imbalance."  (Note: unfortunately, you can't fast forward through the interview, and the good stuff doesn't come until about 8 minutes in -- you can watch it, or read the transcript).

One other point.  Am I the only one who thinks that Cruise's laugh is a little too boisterous during interviews?  It was especially apparent the other night with Letterman.  Maybe he's over-acting it on purpose, maybe he's trying to ingratiate himself with the host, but it's awfully odd seeing him pretend that every attempt at humor is the funniest thing he's ever heard.  The last time I saw someone reacting that hysterically was back in college, when the effect was enhanced by the use of some botanical products that created a pretty good chemical imbalance.

Somewhere in Hollywood, Pat Kingsley is wincing.