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Tom Cruise to climb Everest
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Agu 25, 2004 21: 41 EST
Mission Impossible, Top Gun, and Last Samurai - that's all great but now Tom Crusie wants the real stuff. He wants to climb Mount Everest.

Born on July 3, 1962 in Syracuse, New York - Tom told an Ireland online entertainment website that he's got a to-do list and climbing Everest is on top of it. "I work night and day trying to get it done," he says.

Tom has followed unexpected paths all his life. At the age of 14, he was the Franciscan seminary student Thomas Cruise Mapother IV - with an ambition to become a priest.

By then, he had attended 15 different schools in the US and Canada. He ended up with his three sisters and remarried mother in New Jersey, and dropped out of school.

At 18 he hit New York and became a movie star - and Scientologist. (Scientology teachings had cured him of dyslexia.) Tom is said to be a somewhat short but great guy, far from the divas of Hollywood. Nicole Kidman sacked him but Penelope Cruz quickly and willingly picked up the pieces. It's not yet clear if she is coming with Tom for a sweetheart climb to the summit of Everest.

It is presumed that Tom will choose the normal route with a commercial outfit - but hey, you never know with this guy. Fantasy ridge is still unclimbed. How about that for a Top Gun!

Image courtesy of Warner Bros.

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