Reports out of Mumbai this week are suggesting that Paramount Pictures paid a mere $600 bucks to boost Tom Cruise's ego. It seems not enough people were planning to show on Saturday in the city, where Tom was slated to promote his latest movie, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.
So the studio shelled out $$$ to get some really enthusiastic fans!
Don't believe us? Here is a direct quote from one of the "fans" on the scene:
"Tom kaun? [Tom who?] 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."
Lunch and a bonus?! Such a deal!
Of course, Paramount is vehemently denying the claim, releasing a statement this morning saying:
"Tom Cruise is a massive star and attracts huge throngs of fans as he travels the world promoting 'Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.' The only people paid were performers who danced outside the venue. The idea that fans were paid to cheer is completely ludicrous and entirely false."
Yeah, sure. Okay. We believe you. We trust that you wouldn't lie to us just to save your own ass.
So … can we have our $3 bucks and sandwich now?
[Image via WENN.]
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