Forget Pizzagate. Forget the Mandela Effect. The latest conspiracy theory to ignite the interwebs revolves around Tom Cruise, and has nothing to do with Scientology. It has everything to do with his derriere — or rather, the legitimacy of it.
One Zapruder-eyed fan noticed something was amiss while recently watching Cruise’s 2008 film Valkyrie — the actor’s posterior looked abnormally, uh, rotund. So much so that he took to Twitter to levy an apparently earth-shattering question: does Tom Cruise wear butt pads? At publication time, the tweet has garnered over 59,000 likes and 15,000 retweets.
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
How does one catch such a tiny (or, okay fine, large) detail? Well, for starters, look at the dude’s Twitter handle: “@iluvbutts247.”
Such a frenzy did this conspiracy theory stir up that Valkyrie director Christopher McQuarrie had to address it himself, tweeting: “At 11k retweets and climbing, why would I ever add clarity to this thread? #Valkyrie.” The tweet has since been deleted.
It’s kind of undeniable that Cruise’s backside looks thick AF in that frame. Certainly more junk than we’re used to seeing him pack.
Some Twitter users have chimed in with a theory that Cruise’s extra padding is “stunt butt,” used to protect him during action scenes. Which sort of checks out considering the guy is known for doing a lot of his own stunts (and getting injured during them).
Or maybe the dude just prepped for the film by doing mad squats. Want to have jacked glutes, hamstrings, and quads like Tom? Read our article on smashing your workout plateaus.