At Tomcruise.com, new, exclusive black-and-white pictures of Tom Cruise and the filmmakers he’s worked with in Hollywood were added to the photo gallery. Today, we take a look at the man who directed ‘The Firm,’ the late artistic visionary Sydney Pollack.
Born in Lafayette, Indiana, Sydney Pollack moved to New York after high school in the mid-1950s to study acting with Sanford Meisner. He made a career as an actor on the stage before moving behind the camera and working as a television director. From there, his success grew slowly but surely, and today Pollack is responsible for directing an immense roster of classics and award winners, earning a total of 48 Oscar nominations for films, including ‘Tootsie,’ ‘They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?’, ‘The Way We Were,’ and the Academy Award-winning ‘Out of Africa’ with Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. He was also a prolific actor, starring in movies such as ‘The Player,’ ‘Michael Clayton,’ ‘Random Hearts,’ ‘The Interpreter,’ ‘Husbands and Wives,’ and the TV sitcom “Will & Grace.”
‘The Firm‘ is a legal thriller based on the novel by John Grisham. In the book, recent Harvard Law grad Mitch McDeere signs on with the firm and receives a BMW along with his salary. In the movie, the car was changed to a Mercedes. After the filming wrapped, the car was given to Tom as a gift.
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Related Movie Facts:
Tom and Sydney starred together in Stanley Kubrick’s ‘Eyes Wide Shut.’ Pollack played the role of Victor Ziegler.