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Awards Promos: Collateral


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12 Responses to “Awards Promos: Collateral”

  1. jeremy says:

    My only complaint is that they sent a FYC screener when the actual DVD streets next week.

  2. Pale Viewer says:

    Cruise looks like Pierce Brosnan in that pic. Couldn’t be good Oscarwise.

  3. bicycle bob says:

    who was better than cruise this yr?

  4. Stella's Boy says:

    I liked Collateral a lot, and Cruise is pretty damn good in it, but I can think of about 50 performances that were better. At least.

  5. Josh Massey says:

    “Collateral,” starring Jimmy Fallon and Queen Latifah!

  6. Mark says:

    Waiting on those 50, Bobby’s bitch Stella….
    I’ll give you three. Foxx in Ray, Carrey in Sunshine, and Paul G in Sideways.

  7. bicycle bob says:

    cruise was better than all of them. how many guys could have played cruise’s role? crowe? gibson? give the guy some credit, stella biotch. i wanna hear ur 50, cheese.

  8. Mark says:

    Tom C is one of the best actors working and gest no credit.

  9. Stella's Boy says:

    It’s so nice to know that once you post something, Mark and bicycle bob are waiting with third grade insults. You guys are great. You really keep me laughing. Are you both in high school? Based on your posts, I’d be shocked if you’re over 16.
    Anyway, I think Cruise is an excellent actor, and he’s great in Collateral. But IMO, it’s far from the year’s best male performance.

  10. joe says:

    Tom Cruise is a good actor, but whow thought his “vincent” in collateral was a good villain, who, for a second, stop seeing Cruise and started seeing his character, who believed that (one of the worst performances i´ve seen) awfull dying scene.

  11. Josh Massey says:

    Cruise losing the Oscar to Michael Caine still pisses me off.

  12. Mark says:

    Still waiting on that list of 50, Stella lady. Maybe when your boy Moore finally admits he’s a hypocrite loon we’ll get that list from you.

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