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Tom’s got a body double (chin, that is) December 9, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Movies.

At 5ft 7in, Tom Cruise has never been one of Hollywood’s most imposing leading men. But now, aged 44, the actor seems to have added an inch or two, in all the wrong places.

Arriving at the premiere of The Pursuit Of Happyness in Los Angeles, it was a decidedly fuller figured Cruise who worked the red carpet. Smiling broadly for the cameras, he revealed not one but two chins and a pair of chubby cheeks.

Even a well-tailored black suit could do little to hide his apparent weight gain. This is the second time in as many months that Cruise’s weight has become a topic of debate. Last month, before his wedding to Katie Holmes, he had to have his Giorgio Armani suit let out.

While his 27-year-old fiancee had lost weight in the build-up to the big day, she had to have her dress taken in six times, Cruise immediately put himself on a diet. Indeed, he ate only six mouthfuls of pasta during his joint stag and hen night and did daily 90-minute workouts at his hotel gym.

Cruise’s figure is in stark contrast to the physique which he displayed earlier in his career. In the 1988 movie Cocktail he flaunted toned, taut arms and a lithe, muscular body, and still looked in fine form two years ago at the premiere of the action movie Collateral.

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