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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April 13, 2021 59 min

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.


Follow Evan on Instagram at @nottomcruiseofficial.

And on Twitter @not_tomcruise.

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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.

Follow Sarah on Instagram and Twitter.

And check out her website Your Zen Mama.

And buy her new book: Zen Mamas: Finding Your Path Through...

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Jeff’s thinking about another Tom, we debate the greatest of Cruise’s muses, and we are joined by Christy Meyers, who arrived at the set of Vanilla Sky as an extra, but left with the Meeting Tom Cruise story that started it all. 


Follow Christy on Instagram and check out her filmography on IMDB!

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We continue our conversation with Kevin Pollak and his amazing tales of filming Rob Reiner’s A Few Good Men. Kevin meets the iconic Mr. Nicholson, flies to Vegas with Bruce Willis, and overhears Meryl Streep yell “Stick ‘em!!” to a middle linebacker. 

Follow Kevin Pollak on Twitter @kevinpollak and on Instagram @kevinpollak123.

And check out his memoir, How I Slept My Way to the Middle on Amazon.

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Jeff is thinking about how mean we were to Top Gun; The question of the week gets its eyes wide shut in favor of our extended interview with the amazing Kevin Pollak who tells of his Tom Time working on A Few Good Men. This. Is. Why. We. Created. This. Podcast.

Follow Kevin Pollak on twitter @kevinpollak and on Instagram @kevinpollak123.

And check out his memoir, How I Slept My Way to the Middle on Amazon.

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Jeff is thinking about actors in the Cruisian age range; What’s the most overlooked and overrated Tom Cruise movies? Lisa Ann Walter recounts her Tom Time on the set of War of the Worlds (there’s blood, there’s ballroom dancing, and there’s a Bat Mitzvah). 


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Jeff’s wasting even more time thinking about how often Cruise dies and comes back to life in his films; our first Cruise Quickie; we risk it all choosing our favorite Cruisian stunt; and David Alan Basche remembers the hilarious time when he thought Tom Cruise was going to kill him.


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And on twitter: @DavidABasche

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Jeff Meacham is thinking about what movies he’s been most excited about; We ask Jeff about his favorite Tom Cruise film and we lose that lovin’ feeling for what might feel like a few hours; Jay Hayden (Station 19) recounts his urinal-adjacent meeting with The Man.

Follow Jay Haden on Instagram and on Twitter.

Would you wear an “I duked Mitchell’s kid” t-shirt? Write to us at contact@meetingtomcruise.com and let us know.

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This week, Jeff Meacham is thinking about LEGEND, which is not something that even Jeff Meacham likes to think about; the gang debates the perks and perils of fame, and comes damn close to thinking about the needs of others, but only for a moment; Creator of ONE DAY AT A TIME Gloria Calderón Kellitt remembers her days working for Cameron Crowe, the great Snapple Incident, and the day that Tom Cruise whispered in her ear.


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Somehow we haven’t been cancelled yet, and so this week, Jeff Meacham is thinking about just how yoked TC was in the early days; the trio debates Cruise’s decades-long Oscar snubbing; and we bring you our interview with the great and powerful Malin Akerman, who starred in ROCK OF AGES as the journalist who knows her way around a pool table, Constance Sack. Malin talks child psychology, eyeball licking, mommy brain, and of course, m...

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In our long-awaited premiere episode of Meeting Tom Cruise, Jeff Meacham is thinking about what character we’d all play in the musical version of Interview With The Vampire; Jeff and Joel answer the big question about their love for Tommy; we hear our first Cruise Meet-Cute with his Top Gun: Maverick co-star, Jay Ellis; and we wrap up with a surprise that is so delicious, you’ll have to subscribe to get a taste.

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