Sunday, January 27, 2008

Cushman Punks Maguire, PART TWO

Let's rewind to last week on this here blog and reset the now infamous Tom Cruise Scientology video, which consists of mostly nonsensical rambling about a bunch of answers he has and how he (and other Scientologists) sees the world a whole lot differently than others do. For the record, I do not debate the latter point -- I don't know many people whose views of the dawn of time involve spaceships and laser guns. For those who missed the video, here's a refresher ...

While that video is enough to ruin almost anything Tom Cruise has ever done, I still haven't let it ruin "Jerry Maguire" for me. Maybe it's Cuba Gooding, Jr's five-star performance as Rod Tidwell, maybe it's the football scenes (which except for Tidwell's end zone celebration are surprisingly realistsic), I still like this movie even with the Scientologist rocking the lead role and the ever annoying Renee Zellweger playing his female love interest.

If you were a fan of the Maguire character, one of the true stomach-turning scenes was when hotshot QB Frank Cushman (played by Jerry O'Connell) and his overly involved father decided to sign papers with Bob Sugar (played by Jay Mohr as only Jay Mohr could play it) because Jerry was in the lobby "with the black fella". Cushman punked Maguire and punked him badly.

Fast forward to 2008. Cruise is making Scientology brainwashing videos, and O'Connell is at it again! This time, strangely enough, I find myself rooting for Cushman. No Cushlash here ...


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