From the Official www.TomCruise.com Blog:
Time for another guest blogger for the Official TomCruise.com Blog! Thanks to everyone that has sent in blog submission. Our latest comes from Maura Lynch, who explains how Cruise draws upon his character’s desire to change, particularly in the movie The Last Samurai. Thanks Maura for your awesome work!
Tom Cruise’s role as Captain Algren in The Last Samurai is yet another example of how Cruise the actor manages to draw upon the theme of an individual’s redemption through change. These changes are usually wrought from the suffering of his character, and the suffering of those for whom his character cares.
Cruise’s Algren, once a hero in the great American tragedy of the U.S. Civil War, is haunted by the massacre of Native Americans, in which he was forced to participate in the 1870s. He drinks to forget these horrific events, and has lost his honor as a solider. Algren truly doesn’t care whether he lives or dies. By accepting the invitation of the Japanese government to hunt down and kill the Japanese equivalent of the Native American warriors, the Samurai, Algren figures he’ll do what he does best–kill–and earn enough money “to crawl into a bottle forever.” What Algren doesn’t count on is his admiration for the Japanese, and, after his capture by the Samurai Katsumoto, his immersion in a culture and a lifestyle which leads him back to his own humanity.
He begins to appreciate the beauty of life, and his heart is reborn. He rediscovers that a warrior is only as good as the cause for which he is fighting. Algren takes on the fight of the Samurai, for their way of life, and for honor. Joining Lord Katusmoto in the last great Samurai battle comes at a tremendous price and loss of life. While The Last Samurai certainly captures the larger historical perspective of this battle, the story is told through Algren’s perspective. Algren has learned that without love, friendship and compassion, without an appreciation for every act and breath taken, without honor, life is empty. Algren has reclaimed his reason for living.
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