The great thing about being an actor is that you can be a time traveller.
You can go to the past, stay in the present, or visit the future.
Tom Cruise has made many such journeys over the course of his long career, far more than most actors.
In his latest project Edge Of Tomorrow, which opens here tomorrow, the 51-year-old Hollywood superstar plays a military PR man who winds up getting killed on the battlefield and must live out the same horrible day again and again.
Here, we enter the mists of time to find out where exactly Cruise has been, and where he truly belongs.
FILMS SET IN THE PAST: 9
BIGGEST HIT: The Last Samurai (2003); $573 million worldwide
TOP THREE COOLEST FILMS: Legend (1985); Interview With The Vampire (1994); Rock Of Ages (2012)
HIGHEST AWARD: Best Actor Oscar nomination for Born On The Fourth Of July (1989)
SIGNATURE LOOK: Long hair; flashy costumes; a bit haggard
THE SKINNY: Cruise generally uses period pictures to explore weirder sides of himself and to distance himself from his very straight movie image.
No one expected him to be able to pull off the poncy and portentous vampire character Lestat in Interview With The Vampire, but he impressed even the original book's author Anne Rice.
No one thought he could play a samurai in The Last Samurai, but the Japanese loved it more than anyone.
No one expected him to make a convincing 80s rock star in Rock Of Ages, but he was the best thing about the movie musical by far. If more people paid money to see his historical pictures, I suspect he'd do even more of them.
There's a playful side to Cruise, as we see in Ridley Scott's beautiful fantasy Legend, but his audience generally prefers him in conventional manly roles.
THE OUTSIDERS (1983)
LOSIN' IT (1983)
BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY (1989)
FAR AND AWAY (1992)
INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE (1994)
THE LAST SAMURAI (2003)
ROCK OF AGES (2012)