Tom Cruise Used a Private Jet to Deliver Cakes 5,500 Miles to Film Crew

by Josh Lanier
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Tom Cruise has hung off the side of a plane. He climbed to the top of the world’s largest building. But his most outrageous stunt might be flying 300 white chocolate coconut bundt cakes on his private jet across the planet as gifts for the cast and crew of Mission Impossible.

The Sun reported that the Top Gun star had the cakes shipped from his favorite bakery in California to the United Kingdom, which is about 5,500 miles one way.

“Tom wanted to give the team on Mission Impossible a treat for Christmas and decided that only cakes from his favorite bakery in LA would do,” a source told the British tabloid. “He organized for the shop to make 300 cakes especially, and they were then flown back to the UK on his jet. It is extravagant, but Tom is an incredibly generous person, and he wanted to do something special for everyone who has worked on the movie with him.”

But there’s a large number of people online who say this isn’t generous, it’s reckless.

“I mean, this is totally gross. Not just the gluttony but also the carbon footprint (or cakeprint). @TomCruise needs to find a greener way to show his generosity! …” one person tweeted.

“Half a ton CO2e emissions per cake. More emissions than an African citizen per year,” someone else chimed in. “What #climateemergency eh Tom cruise.”

The cakes come from Doan’s Bakery in Woodland Hills, and they’re Hollywood legend at this point. Tom Cruise sends out hundreds of the $100 white chocolate coconut bundt cakes every year to his A-list chums who rave about them. Jimmy Fallon said they are “unbelievable.” Henry Cavill called it the “most decadent, the most amazing” cake he’d ever had. Barbara Walters ate hers live on The View.

If you’re wondering what a Christmas cake from Tom Cruise looks like see below. There is no shortage of social media posts from the people who get them.

Russians Beat Tom Cruise in His Bid to Film First Movie in Space

Tom Cruise lost his bid to be the first person to shoot a feature film in space. The star announced last year that he and director Doug Liman had worked with NASA and SpaceX to get the project off the ground.

But not so fast. The Russians reportedly rushed a project into production to beat him to that honor, the New York Post said. Somebody’s still salty about losing the space race in the 1960s. Russia sent actors, producers, and a director to the International Space Station in October to film The Challenge. The film follows a doctor who’s sent to the ISS to save a cosmonaut’s life.

They spent 12 days aboard the ISS before returning home.

“It seemed that 12 days was a lot, but when it was all over, I didn’t want to leave,” director Klim Shipenko told Russian television. “This is a one-time experience.”

We don’t know much about Tom Cruise’s space-based flick. He sold the movie without a script, so there are no plot details. Christopher McQuarrie, who’s directed Cruise in multiple Mission Impossible films, will reportedly oversee things at mission control. The budget is a reported $200 million.

SpaceX owner Elon Musk will also be a partner in the project.