Footage of ‘terrifying’ Tom Cruise staring down Peter Overton goes viral again

Footage of ‘terrifying’ Tom Cruise staring down 60 Minutes journalist Peter Overton goes viral 17 years after it first aired

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An infamous interview in which Tom Cruise snapped at and stared down journalist Peter Overton has gone viral 17 years after it first aired.

The 2005 footage, in which Cruise angrily told the 60 Minutes interviewer to ‘put your manners back in’ after he asked about Tom’s ex Nicole Kidman, was tweeted by @responsiblerob last week.

It has since been viewed more than 2.1 million times.

Scary: An infamous interview in which Tom Cruise (pictured) snapped at and stared down journalist Peter Overton has gone viral 17 years after it first aired
Pictured: 60 Minutes reporter Peter Overton

Scary: An infamous interview in which Tom Cruise (left) snapped at and stared down journalist Peter Overton (right) has gone viral 17 years after it first aired

In the interview, which took place four years after the couple’s divorce, Overton asked Cruise, ‘Is Nicole the love of your life?’

Cruise demanded, ‘What do you mean, Peter? How do you answer that question?’

Then when Overton asked what sort of relationship the former couple still had, Cruise lost his cool, telling the Nine reporter, ‘You’re stepping over the line now. You’re stepping over the line, and you know you are.’

Rediscovered: The 2005 footage, in which Cruise angrily told the 60 Minutes interviewer to 'put your manners back in' after he asked about Tom's ex Nicole Kidman, was tweeted by @responsiblerob last week

Rediscovered: The 2005 footage, in which Cruise angrily told the 60 Minutes interviewer to ‘put your manners back in’ after he asked about Tom’s ex Nicole Kidman, was tweeted by @responsiblerob last week

He then stared coolly at Overton, until the journalist explained, ‘I suppose they’re questions that people want to know…’.

However Cruise cut him off, saying, ‘Peter. Peter. You want to know. Take responsibility for what you want to know.’ 

‘So, I’m just telling you right now, okay, just put your manners back in.’

Fear factor: Twitter users called Cruise's intense reaction to the line of questioning, 'terrifying'

Fear factor: Twitter users called Cruise’s intense reaction to the line of questioning, ‘terrifying’

Twitter users called Cruise’s intense reaction to the line of questioning, ‘terrifying’.

‘I cannot imagine having this man talk to me this way. I would start crying. He’s so scary,’ tweeted one.

‘He’s literally terrifying without screaming even once,’ wrote another.

Case of the ex: In the interview, which took place four years after the couple's divorce, Overton asked Cruise, 'Is Nicole the love of your life?' Tom and Nicole seen here with their children Connor and Isabella in 1996

Case of the ex: In the interview, which took place four years after the couple’s divorce, Overton asked Cruise, ‘Is Nicole the love of your life?’ Tom and Nicole seen here with their children Connor and Isabella in 1996

Overton, 56, spoke about the intimidating interview during a 2020 interview with The Kyle and Jackie O Show.

Radio host Kyle Sandilands asked: ‘What were you thinking back then? When you’re being rubbished on camera by Tom Cruise? Are you thinking to yourself, how do I look respectful, but also still in charge of the interview?’

Overton explained: ‘I just maintained who I am, and I didn’t get angry. He did. And I just kept true to myself and said it’s a fair question.’

‘I hold no ill will towards Tom. It was one of those moments,’ he added.

Overton said that he tried to smooth things over with Cruise after the interview, but felt slightly taken aback by the whole experience.

Meet cute: The pair met while filming the film Days of Thunder in 1989

Meet cute: The pair met while filming the film Days of Thunder in 1989

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