Video Evidence: Tom Cruise, 2005
They called it the Couch Jump Heard Round the World.
Despite all the rumors, all the speculation, and all the divorces, this was the defining gesture of Tom Cruise's public image. The Jump led to increased public interest in Cruise's life, marking a clear turning point in the public's perception of Maverick, and ultimately cost him his deal with Paramount after 14 years of working with the studio.
When asked about the theatrics in 2010, during an Esquire interview, Cruise got at what might be the heart of his unhinged persona. He said, "I wanted the audience to be happy just like I wanted to make my sisters and my mother happy when I did those skits as a kid."
Cruise is just like Olive Garden, apparently: When you're here, your family.