Tom Cruise pictured for the first time in a month since looking unrecognisable at basketball game

TOM Cruise has been spotted for the first time in a month after he was seen looking unrecognisable at a basketball game.

The Mission Impossible actor took a trip to Duxford Airfield in Cambridge for a flying lesson ahead of filming for the franchise's eighth film.


Tom, 59, left fans shocked last month when he was spotted looking totally different as he attended an LA Dodgers basketball game in San Francisco.

Photographed watching the game alongside his son, he looked noticeably different as he appeared more "puffy" than his Top Gun days.

Fans speculated that the actor had either "gained weight or has a face full of fillers" after the "bloated" photographs spread via social media.

Now, the A-lister has been seen looking more like his old self as he kept it casual in a jumper and jeans for his flying lessons at the British airfield.

Tom is reportedly preparing to fly a World War II fighter jet for his appearance in Mission Impossible 8, which will soon begin filming.

The star paired a black jumper and jeans with thick boots as he strode into the airfield office, which was bustling with crew and instructors.

At the beginning of October, The Sun revealed that the Minority Report actor was learning to fly a World War Two military plane.

A source from the set told the Sun: “Tom had started to learn to fly a Boeing Stearman biplane earlier this year for a major stunt scene in Mission: Impossible 8.

“It’s obviously a highly skilled task but as usual he has no plans to cut any corners or bring in a stuntman."

The insider continued: “Filming has only just wrapped on Mission: Impossible 7 but Tom has not given himself a break.

“And trying to film jaw-dropping scenes with an 80-year-old plane is particularly dangerous.”

Back in September, Tom and his film crew celebrated after they had wrapped up shooting for Mission: Impossible 7.

Due to the pandemic, filming was fraught with setbacks including multiple Covid outbreaks on set, causing the production to be shut down for weeks at a time.


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