Tom Cruise revealed his father was abusive and he feared him all his life. According to Tom his father was a bully and a coward and was the type of person who would kick you if something goes wrong.
"It was a great lesson in my life, how he’d lull you in, make you feel safe and then, bang!For me it was like, ‘There’s something wrong with this guy. Don’t trust him. Be careful around him.’ There’s that anxiety."
But, Tom put all their differences aside and agreed to visit his father on his death bed.
"He was in the hospital dying of cancer, and he would only meet me on the basis that I didn’t ask him anything about the past.When I saw him in pain, I thought, ‘What a lonely life.’ He was in his late 40s. It was sad."