Some of you may not know this, but I am pretty good friends with Tom Cruise. He actually dropped by a week ago for a visit on his way to Smith Mountain Lake, VA. He has a house there — in fact, that is where we met.
I was on a shoot for Cable 12 (my former life in VA as a videographer/director/VP) at Smith Mountain Lake for a fishing tournament. Turns out Tom is an angler and loves competitive fishing. So there I am, camera in hand, and this guy walks up to get a better view of the action. He starts talking to me and I turn and look and BOOM — it’s Tom. We talk for a bit and found out we had a lot in common. We talked about television and how he got his start in local ads and on and on we chatted. I almost missed the tournament because I was so caught up in talking with him. I mean hey…Tom Cruise!
We e-mail on occasion and whenever he is in the area, he drops in to see us and the kids. This photo was taken last week — Piper was amazed. She is so funny! He brought that CASH shirt for Piper (because he knows how much I love Johnny Cash) and then took off his sweater revealing his surprise.
(Here is another recent visit.)