Tom Cruise’s fans are paid actors?

You ever come across something that’s just soooooooo good, it can’t be real? Like unicorns? Or that rumor that Ryan Gosling has two penises and one of them dispenses soft-serve ice cream? Well, here’s another one to add to the list: during a recent trip to Mumbai, Tom Cruise was swarmed with a mob of adoring fans because apparently it’s still the year 2000. Except it turns out those “fans” were just paid actors and none of them even knew who Tom is. Firstpost reports:

In fact, the 200-and-odd people gathered there didn’t even know who he was and they couldn’t care less. They had been hired at the rate of Rs 150, or $3 per person approximately, by a model coordinator to do the same! “Tom kaun? I don’t know who he is or what he does. We were told to come here by 1pm today and wait for a foreign VIP to come out of the airport gate and scream and shout when he came. None of us know who Tom is. There was a buffet lunch also for us and we were paid Rs 150 for this job today. We do this for television shows and other such events where crowds are required,” said one of the junior artistes at the airport, who was hired as an excited Tom fan.

On one hand, this could all just be a planted story because the schadenfreude dripping off this story is just too rich, thick and delicious to be real. Seriously, this has GOT to be fattening! That being said, it wouldn’t be the first time Tom made a complete ass of himself in order to try and satiate his ego, and considering that Tom is so far removed from reality it would take two planes and a cab ride just to get within the borders of “batshit insanity”, I’m willing to concede that this story might have just a tiny kernel of truth to it.

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