They have no Oscars, but they are two of the biggest, highest-grossing leading men on the planet. They’re both considered more movie star than actor. Because of this, they both act very, very hard sometimes, which only reinforces that belief that they’re not primarily actors. They both enjoy being movie stars, by all appearances. They are entertainers–is a better way of putting it. Big ones. These are two guys you won’t likely see jumping cinematic ship to make a Netflix or Amazon series. They won’t even do HBO. They were born just a year apart and were vampires together decades ago. And ever since they’ve defined a different kind of sexy man–Cruise with his goofy megawatt smile and cheesy yet still winning confidence, and Pitt who smiles less and whose performance in any role is really just a long dare to the audience to find something, anything wrong with his face.
Who do you prefer? The goofy accessible you-had-me-at-hello Cruise, who couch-jumps and has the impish sense of humor? Or Pitt, the brooding wearer of Chanel No. 5, who would be happy if being beautiful weren’t just so much harder than it seems to you. The Pitt who, like George Constanza, always really wanted to be an architect? Cruise and Pitt win awards like The People’s Choice and MTV awards. Soon Hollywood will begin to miss them and throw them Oscar bones. It happens. Consensus says you’re either a Brad Pitt person or a Tom Cruise person–you can’t be both. Which are you?