Did Tom Cruise derail Katie Holmes’ film career?
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Starring in her first major blockbuster film as Rachel Dawes in Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins" in 2005, the sky seemed to be the limit. But now that seven years have passed, the fact remains, Holmes has yet to star in a film on that level.
The question must be asked: Did Cruise's influence stunt Holmes' budding film career? Let us review the evidence:
Before she began dating Cruise, Holmes was making risky — but wise — indie films. She starred in the 2003 Sundance Film Festival hit "Pieces of April" as a punk girl trying to reconcile with her estranged family. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone noted: "It's Holmes who holds Pieces together . . . [she] nails every laugh without missing the dramatic nuances."
Holmes also appeared with Michael Douglas and Tobey Maguire in "Wonder Boys" -- based on the funny and engrossing Michael Chabon novel of the same name — and Jason Reitman's critically-praised "Thank You for Smoking," opposite Aaron Eckhart. ("Smoking" was released after she began dating Cruise, and word spread that he demanded a topless scene featuring her be cut from the film. The movie's director denied this.)
Holmes became so engrossed in her romance with Cruise that she then took a three-year hiatus.
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Holmes with Christian Bale in 'Batman Begins' (Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures)
We don't know the whole story behind why Holmes didn't reprise her role as Bruce Wayne's longtime love, Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal took over the role in the second film). But in an interview that year, Holmes indicated the decision was hers and not director Christopher Nolan's: "I chose to do this movie ['Mad Money'], and I'm really proud of it." "Mad Money" didn't recoup its budget, grossing only $20.7 million. By comparison, "The Dark Knight" has now grossed more than $1 billion worldwide.