DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15:  Actor Tom Cruise poses in front of the car used in the film "Days of Thunder" on track prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2009 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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How Tom Cruise's First Car Jumpstarted His Dreams
Tom Cruise may be the Hollywood mega action star of “Top Gun: Maverick,” a film that has grossed over $800 million globally, but he came from modest beginnings, enduring poverty and an abusive homelife. Before he became a household name and Hollywood royalty, Cruise took a leap of faith in a car as humble as his childhood.
When he turned 18, Cruise hopped in a used Dodge Colt and drove from New Jersey to The Big Apple to pursue an acting career. The Colt was a rebadged first-generation Mitsubishi Galant, nowhere near as potent or as fast as Detroit muscle cars; it was lighter, cheaper, and more economical at the pumps — just perfect for a rookie actor.
Today, Tom Cruise can potentially be spotted around town in any of his two-wheeled superbikes, airplanes, whirlybirds, or behind the wheel of a million-dollar exotic hypercar. However, before starring in “All The Right Moves,” “Risky Business,” and “Vanilla Sky,” he jumpstarted his dream of hitting it big in a Dodge Colt.