Apart from being the leading men of the movie industry, it appears that Tom Cruise and Dwayne Johnson share another similarity. Among all the film stars in the industry, it seems that Cruise and Johnson share one of the weirdest clauses for their respective movie contracts.
And even though The Rock has implemented his particular clause after his time in the Fast and Furious franchise. On the other hand, Tom Cruise has been implementing his unique clause in almost all of his movie contracts since his early days in the movie industry
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Tom Cruise’s contract prevents his likeness used in any sort of merchandising
It’s quite ubiquitous for actors to have some personal preferences in their contracts to have a more comforting experience during their tenure in different projects. But in the case of Tom Cruise, it boils down to his dislike for his name’s usage in merchandising.
Despite being one of the highest-paid actors, Cruise has repeatedly prevented the studios from using his likeness in any sort of video games, action figures, and any other peripherals. And considering that he is one of the biggest names in the industry, it’s safe to say the studios have missed out on several opportunities to garner millions through merchandise sales.
But it’s understandable why the studio doesn’t seem to be much bothered by the actor’s unusual clause, as they are already garnering a colossal profit through his work alone. But it isn’t only Cruise who has an unusual clause in his contract, Dwayne Johnson also shares some weird rules in his contract.
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Dwayne Johnson’s contract prevents him from losing any major fights
Just like Cruise, Dwayne Johnson also shares an unusual clause in his movie contracts, which has garnered a substantial amount of criticism over time. According to reports, one common aspect of his movie contracts is his inability to lose fights and he should always stand tall at the end, which started during his days in the Fast and Furious franchise. The Wall Street Journal report states,
“According to producers and crew members on the films, Mr. Statham, 51 years old, negotiated an agreement with the studio that limits how badly he can be beaten up on the screen. Mr. Johnson, 47, enlists producers, editors, and fight coordinators to help make sure he always gives as good as he gets.”
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But despite their weird and unusual contracts, both Tom Cruise and Dwayne Johnson haven’t fallen short of entertaining their fans on the big screen. And although Cruise and the movie studios have prevented the use of his name and appearance for merchandising, there have been a plethora of unofficial and fan-made products, which are cashing over the actor’s success.