Tom Cruise is allegedly torn between wanting to get an Oscar for his role in Top Gun: Maverick and avoiding everyone in Hollywood.

An unnamed source told National Enquirer that Cruise is desperate for an Oscar because he knows that he put his blood, sweat, and tears into his role.

However, there are also denying the fact that Cruise has been increasingly paranoid that he could face another PR disaster if he gets too close to the people in Hollywood.

“He’s charming the hell out of everyone at all the industry events, but he’s hard to pin down after the party’s over. Even his comings and goings are kept secret. When he is in L.A., he divides his time between a Bel-Air residence and a Scientology base in the desert, traveling by helicopters he usually pilots himself so he can stay under the radar,” the source said.

Throughout the years, Cruise has had negative press following his very public spat with Brooke Shields, as well as his on-camera feud with Matt Lauer. And the source said that the actor never really recovered fully from the controversy.

“Tom knows anything he says can bite him in the butt, but he also likes the mystery of being inaccessible. In social situations, he swoops in to chat and then leaves in a flash. He might have a lot of people throw themselves at him, but he’s skeptical of anyone outside his Scientology clique. And an Oscar, if Top Gun wins it, won’t change that,” the source said.

However, one should take the tabloid’s claims with a grain of salt. It’s not true that Cruise is desperate for the Oscar. Since Suri Cruise’s dad has been in the industry for many years, he knows that it is his performance in his movies that will earn him an Oscar.

It’s also not true that Cruise has been avoiding some people in Hollywood. The fact that he is currently residing in London doesn’t mean that he already cut ties with the people back home.

As such, it’s obvious that the tabloid just made up all these stories about Cruise and that they are baseless. And it’s also evident that this is just another attack on the actor’s character and reputation just like what has been happening for years.