Meeting Tom Cruise

Meeting Tom Cruise

Hosts Jeff Meacham (Black•ish) and Joel Johnstone (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) love Tom Cruise. They are inspired by Tom Cruise. But they’ve never met Tom Cruise. So, they’re going to bring on some celebrity guests who have. This weekly podcast will feature incredible, personal stories about meeting the legendary star, and maybe one of those stories will lead Jeff and Joel to The Man himself so that one day, they will have stories of their own. Stories of meeting Tom Cruise. It’s not… impossible.

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August 10, 2021 62 min

For this final episode of Season One of Meeting Tom Cruise, Jeff is thinking about the importance of underwear in the Cruise filmography. We’re sorry. We answer the question, “What have you learned this season?” (Hint: We have learned nothing this season.) And as our guest, we have the woman who broke open the doors for Public Displays of Tom Cruise Affection; the woman who turned Meeting Tom Cruise into an art form; the woman who ...

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That time Anthony Anderson met Martin Scorsese. That time Anthony Anderson met James Earl Jones. That time Anthony Anderson met Eddie Murphy. And yes, that time Anthony Anderson (really close to almost) met Tom Cruise.

That time Anthony Anderson told us all about them. It's all here, as we near the endish of our season.

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We’re a best-of, greatest hits, top picks, hot takes kind of group, and on this week’s episode we bring you highlights (oh, we also like highlights) of this first season of Meeting Tom Cruise. You’ll hear from (deep breath): Jay Ellis, Malin Akerman, Gloria Calderón Kellitt, Jay “Foggy” Hayden, David Alan Basche, Lisa Ann Walter, Kevin Pollak, Christy Meyers, Sarah Wright Olsen, Cousin Sal, Evan Ferrante, Dan Patrick, Anthony Natal...

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It’s four hosts… two podcasts… and one obsession. On this crossover episode of Meeting Tom Cruise, Jeff and Joel talk with Drew Taylor and Charles Hood, hosts of the long-running LIGHT THE FUSE podcast, a show about all things Mission Impossible. To call this just a deep dive is an insult to deep things and divers. Drew and Charles know all there is to know about Impossible series, and Jeff and Joel… they… uh… have also seen those ...

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July 13, 2021 47 min

It’s the episode no one asked for but everyone’s gonna get! After (kinda) answering this week’s question -- Which role that Cruise turned down would you like to have seen him play? -- the guys take a deep dive into shallow waters, learning about what Joel Johnstone and Alek Lev were doing right up until the moment when they never met Tom Cruise.

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July 6, 2021 52 min

Dan Patrick told us that we should have a therapist on to talk about our issues. He told us: “Get help.” And so… we did. We now present this (first?) installment of Shrinking Jeff Meacham with psychotherapist Karyn Rosenberg.

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Let’s just put it this way: Marc started talking, and even BEFORE he told us about the time he met Tom Cruise on the set of KNIGHT AND DAY, we had ALREADY decided that this episode would be Nothin’ but Blucas. (And yes, that’s a “nothin’ but net” reference, which is appropriate for someone whose best man was San Antonio Spur’s Hall-of-Famer Tim Duncan.) But yes. Marc met Tom. And Cameron Diaz. And started a business with Dale Earnh...

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The conclusion of our talk with Vinessa Shaw, who played DOMINO in Stanley Kubrick’s 1999 film EYES WIDE SHUT. 

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Episode 117: (Part 1) Eyes Wide Shut the Front Door – with Vinessa Shaw

It took Stanley Kubrick and Tom Cruise four hundred record-breaking days to film EYES WIDE SHUT, and it’s gonna take Jeff, Joel, and Alek two episodes to figure it all out. Listen to three guys with little or no expertise analyze and critique a film that has challenged, delighted, frustrated, and confounded audiences and film historians for two decades, and sett...

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Jeff may have been thinking about Tom Cruise this week, but somehow we wind up discussing Alek’s (lack of) drinking habits; We play the first installment of the Rotten Tomatoes Quiz Show; and our guest is the fantastic Benito Martinez who tells of his days with Tom making American Made.

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Jeff and the guys prattle on about Tom on trains or something, and then ask the penetrating question, what’s the saddest Cruise? But NONE OF THAT MATTERS. This week’s guest - who was a surprise to Jeff and Joel until the moment the interview began - is CRAIG O’BRIEN who is, actually, in fact, no kidding, the guy who filmed Cruise’s HALO jump in Mission Impossible: Fallout. It’s Meeting Tom Cruise… at 20,000 feet.

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Jeff’s been thinking about the crazy stories which he “learned about” on the internet that happened on the Days of Thunder shoot; We ask the least useful question yet, “If you could interview a dead person who has met Tom Cruise, who would it be?”; We speak with Vicki Kelleher about her time working with these two guys named Steven and Tom on this movie called Minority Report.

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Jeff’s been thinking about Kyra Sedgwick this week, though we desperately try to get him to focus on Mr. Cruise (we fail); We answer the question: What is the funniest Cruise? Hint: Jeff is wrong and Alek is writing these show notes; We speak and sign with Anthony Natale, who played the Man in the Elevator in Jerry Maguire, and is the forest to speak -- well, sign -- one of Hollywood’s most legendary lines. We invite you to WATCH t...

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May 4, 2021 27 min

Meeting Tom Cruise exists because the great Dan Patrick took a shot on a bunch o’ rabble rousin’ Cruistastic Cruisinators who had nothin’ but an undiagnosed obsession and an inconsequential dream. On this Very Special Episode, we sit down with Dan Patrick to find out just how much he regrets his decision. And we even get a Meeting Tom Cruise story to boot.

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On this (relatively unedited) bonus episode, we lament the loss of the great Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, along with the entire Arclight theater chain. We discuss the new release dates of Top Gun: Maverick, Mission Impossible: 7, and Mission Impossible: 8. We hope you enjoy our Cruise News while enduring this inexcusable hiatus.

Email us at: contact@meetingtomcruise.com or use our form at www.meetingtomcruise.com/contact.

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April 28, 2021 1 min

Westward chronicles the history of basketball in the NBA and how the city of Los Angeles not only saved the fledgling league by bringing the Lakers from Minneapolis, but gave birth to the modern NBA with “Showtime.” Told through the lens of Jerry West, who helped build the dynasty of the Lakers, “Westward” now follows the former Hall Of Famer as he attempts to build a dynasty with L.A.’s other NBA franchise, the Clippers. Narrator ...

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Jeff’s thinking about Joel’s dream; we prove that our listeners are the greatest in pod-dom; we sit down with series co-creator/host/lunatic Jeff Meacham to try to understand what makes him tick (and prove that even a broken clock can be wrong twice a day); and we give special thanks to our friends who break all the rules of Hollywood and do actually listen to our show.


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Jeff’s thinking about old timey video rental joints; we write the first draft of Cruise’s space movie (hint: it involves space garbage, a broken Moon, and a frogadillo); Cruise impersonator Evan Ferrante blows our minds with his CruisePressions, and shares his own story of meeting Tom Cruise.


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Jeff’s thinking about some new Cruise cake intel; we dive deep into Cruise’s characters’ daddy issues; Cousin Sal tells us about that time that Tom Cruise and his mother came to football Sunday at the home of Cousin’s Sal’s cousin Jimmy Kimmel and adjudicated a dispute between Sal and roastmaster Jeff Ross, with Sarah Silverman and Adam Corolla looking on. No, that’s not a fever-induced nightmare you had, that’s a Meeting Tom Cruis...

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Jeff’s thinking about some of our listener mail; we debate the question – as it turns out, even more meaningless than you’d already expect – of whether Tom Cruise has the best name in Hollywood; Sarah Wright Olsen recounts absolutely amazing tales from the (sometimes spinning) set of American Made.

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