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Crowds in India say they were paid to see Tom Cruise

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Tom Cruise has been in India for the premiere of his new flick, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, getting mobbed by fans at every turn. Too bad some Bollywood blog is claiming crowds in Mumbai were paid to shout and scream and generally act like idiots to may Tom seem famous.

FirstPost.com says the mob of 200-plus fans outside the local airport Saturday were not really fans, and had largely been paid about $3 apiece to make a scene for the paparazzi: "I don’t know who he is or what he does," one man told the blog. "We were told to come here by 1 p.m. today and wait for a foreign VIP to come out of the airport gate and scream and shout when he came. None of us know who Tom is. There was a buffet lunch also for us and we were paid 150 (rupees) for this job today. We do this for television shows and other such events where crowds are required." Now that's capitalism!

That's not to say Tom doesn't draw his own crowds. He was practically overrun in Japan by gleeful girls shouting his name. It seems they've finally forgiven him for The Last Samurai. As for the actual premiere of MI, it must have gone well, because nothing notable happened. Maybe the crowd budget was all used up.

[Photo: These guys at Sunday's premiere seem to actually care. Getty Images]

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[Last modified: Tuesday, December 6, 2011 3:34pm]

    

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