Tom Cruise has denied allegations that he wore a set of prosthetic buttocks in his 2008 historical thriller film Valkyrie.
A brief scene from the film recently went viral after a Twitter user theorised that Cruise had worn a “fake butt” in it, citing the image below as evidence:
hello, please, i present the theory that for one single shot in Valkyrie (2008), at 5:12, tom cruise wears a fake butt. observe: pic.twitter.com/Tw6yTbsQUe
— swizz keats (@iluvbutts247) August 20, 2017
E! reports that Cruise collaborator Christopher McQuarrie refused to comment on the speculation, writing in a since-deleted tweet: “At 12k retweets and climbing, why would I ever add clarity to this thread?”
But Cruise himself, presented with the allegation in a recent interview with Screen Rant, denied the rumour outright, saying: “I have no idea. There was no prosthetic in Valkyrie. No.”
He added that, for a ‘mooning’ scene in his new film American Made, he likewise did not use a body double, prosthetic or CGI. “It’s me. It’s not CGI, it’s me. I do my own mooning in films. So let it be known — I do my own mooning.”
Cruise recently broke his ankle while performing a stunt for Mission: Impossible 6.
Footage of the actor filming the stunt in London was shared online in August; in the video, he could be seen jumping from one building to another, but missed his landing point and slammed into the side of the building instead.
Paramount released a statement confirming Cruise’s injury that read: “During production on the latest Mission: Impossible film, Tom Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt. Production will go on hiatus while Tom makes a full recovery.”