It was a tale of two Jimmies as Tom Cruise visited Jimmy Kimmel and then Jimmy Fallon on two consecutive nights this week.
On Thursday, it was a visit to ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in Hollywood. And on Friday night, following a cross-country flight, the 50 year-old movie superstar turned up on NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” in New York.
The reason for his bicoastal late-night swing: Promoting his new sci-fi action flick “Oblivion,” opening next Friday (April 19).
We were struck by the fact that Cruise chose to appear on “Kimmel” before making a stop at “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” which is usually first in the late-night pecking order in L.A.
As for his choosing “Fallon” over “Late Show with David Letterman” on CBS, that was an easy one — the “Letterman” show was dark Thursday and Friday because CBS was running its 15-minute updates on the Masters golf tournament at 11:35 p.m. Apparently, when the network messes around with his start time, Dave takes the day off.
On the “Fallon” show, Cruise talked briefly about his new movie, and also revealed that he’s an avid pilot who owns and flies a World War II-era P51 Mustang.
The two then played a game called “Egg Roulette” which involves the “gamble” of smashing an egg on one’s own head. If the egg is hard-boiled, you go on to smash other eggs. The loser is the one who smashes a raw egg on his head. Our take on Fallon and his games: They are often so juvenile that it has us not looking forward to him taking over “The Tonight Show” if he is going to insist on bringing his game-playing along with him to the earlier time slot.
A night earlier in Hollywood, Cruise carried on a jovial conversation with Jimmy Kimmel on ABC. They talked about the actor’s gung-ho roles in action movies, including “Oblivion,” for which Kimmel showed an unusually long clip.
Kimmel didn’t have Cruise cracking any eggs on his head (thank heaven), but he did get the actor to play along as Kimmel asked him to recite ordinary sentences about everyday, trivial subjects in the voice of an action-movie actor. Cruise didn’t seem into it.
Another thing he apparently wouldn’t do on either show: Talk about his divorce from Katie Holmes; neither Kimmel nor Fallon asked him about that, and we assume they’d been told the subject was off-limits.