Tom Cruise isnâ€™t an attorney, but heâ€™s played one on the big screen and the other day the Hollywood heavy was in Cambridge auditing a class at Harvard Law School!
According to Harvard Law Record blogger Jessica Corsi, Cruise popped into celebrity attorney Bertram Fieldsâ€™ guest lecture in professor Bruce Hayâ€™s entertainment-law class. After announcing he had never heard his buddy lecture before, Cruise took a seat in the back of the class at Langdell South and even participated in the two-hour discussion.
Apparently, Fields, who is a 1952 Crimson alum, and Cruise are quite tight in Tinseltown. Hence, Tomâ€™s appearance.
â€œThroughout his discussion, Fields would refer questions back to Tom, and Cruise would also interject his own experiences,â€ Corsi blogged. â€œHe spoke about tabloid magazines . . . working with director Stanley Kubrick and the business of how the ratings on movies get set in the U.S. as opposed to Europe.â€
The students, were, of course, blown away.
The leading man also talked about the paparazzi, his children and how he deals with the omnipresent cameramen.
â€œ(H)is daughter, Suri, has, according to Cruise, some comical responses,â€ reported the Record writer. â€œFor example, she will sometimes throw down her hands and say, â€˜Why is this person following me?â€™ She has responded to encroachments on her privacy by raising a hand and declaring, â€˜Personal space!â€™ â€
The students, although star-struck by Cruise, acted cool by continuing their usual classroom activities of taking notes, GChatting and surfing retail Web sites, said Jessica. But by the end of the class, â€œa bush fire of text messages, emails and IMsâ€ swept through campus and the room was crowded with kids who hadnâ€™t signed up for Hayâ€™s course. How odd.
Corsi wrote that Cruise stayed an hour after class to answer student questions – which is way more time than their own professors are able to give!
Hollywoodâ€™s Mr. Personable doled out advice, stories, high-fives, handshakes, hugs, and – even at one point – an impromptu dance. [Source]