Michael Mann’s twilight thriller Collateral (2004) proved that Tom should play more villains - because he’s really, really good at it. He gave his cool, earnest persona a nudge towards sociopathic and came up smiling as silver-haired hitman Vincent - never better than in this scene where he politely requests that a pair of youths hand back his property. “Yo, Homie, is that my briefcase?”
Handling The Truth
A Few Good Men (1992) was bound to be a big success for the Cruiser, partly because exchanging dramatic shouts with Jack Nicholson puts the capitalisation into Serious Acting, and partly because he looks so darn irresistible in uniform. Also, to a lesser extent, because the film’s key line works well as an equation: T = 0 (where ‘T’ represents the amount of truth you can handle).