Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

"Mission Impossible": I Don't Understand How Tall Everyone Is

Paula Patton is 5'4" (allegedly).

Jeremy Renner is allegedly 5'10" but last time I lit his cigarette I had to bend down. (That's what… she said?)

Tom Cruise is tall enough to kick this dude in the collarbone, though not without pants-strain.

Jeremy Renner is taller than Paula Patton.

Pretty much.

Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg are the same height as Paula Patton in, presumably, heels.

Paula Patton is taller than Simon Pegg in very tall heels.

Jeremy Renner is taller than Simon Pegg. (The Internet also says Simon Pegg is 5'10" but no one believes that. (Pegg seen here with Samuli Edelmann, who is no taller than 5'10".))

Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner are the same height.

Ving Rhames is six feet tall.

Simon Pegg is taller than Tom Cruise.

Or is he.

Tom Cruise is taller than Simon Pegg.

Katie Holmes is taller than everyone.

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This was from the LSAT prep guide, wasn't it?

@Gef the Talking Mongoose I knew the zoning out when I tried to read it felt oddly familiar.

stuffisthings (#1,352)

Hollywood is non-Euclidean.

Leon (#6,596)

@stuffisthings – Boyle Heights isn't.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Show me the feet.

Joey Camire (#6,325)

We are the same height, that is neat.

Stella_80 (#196,504)

@Joey Camire I registered an account just so I could log in and give you a thumbs up.

theheckle (#621)

Now class; how tall is Martha?

sigerson (#179)

I will choose this forum to say just much I lurv Katie Holmes: A LOT.

melis (#1,854)

"Jeremy Renner is not taller than me."

"Of course not, T, why would you say that? Everyone knows the guy's 5'7" in lifts."

"I don't think you understand what I'm telling you. Jeremy Renner. Is not – can not – be taller than me."

"Jesus, Tom. I thought we were done with this after we hobbled Bruce Willis in 2000-"

"Are you my agent?"


"Are you my agent?"


"Then Jeremy Renner is not going to be 5'10" when he wakes up tomorrow, is he?"

"No, Tom, he's not."

"I'm so glad that we're clear on this."

ejcsanfran (#489)

@melis: "Clear" – I see what you did there!


jfruh (#713)


When I was on Jeopardy (see how I slipped that in?) I found out that they have various stacks of boxes that people stand on behind the podiums so they all look to be more or less the same height on TV. I'm assuming the movies use the same technology.

@jfruh – "technology"

davidwatts (#72)

@jfruh whilst toiling as an extra, I saw at least one person use this very technology.

Didn't we sort this out ages ago with Ian McKellen and Elijah Wood?

bytehead (#4,763)

Cruise is 5' 6". That is all.

Imhotep is invisible.

melis (#1,854)

Problem Three: The party was cancelled.

@melis "As you can see, she's quite a bit smaller than when she started out."

flatfootafleet (#5,753)

@Bus Driver Stu Benedict Bubba Hotep on the other hand…

Eric Spiegelman (#3,968)

This was on the LSAT

Annie K. (#3,563)

Several million years ago, my husband was in Algeria when Sophia Loren and some little Italian guy were filming some movie, and my husband said Sophia Loren was so much taller than the Italian, she had to run around in little trenches. So it's not only boxes.

Clare (#516)


laurel (#4,035)

@Clare I have never been this amused.

JoshUng (#11,371)

@Clare That is amazing, and I will refuse to take my sneakers off anytime I need to get x-rayed.

WaityKatie (#79,377)

Answer: All the dudes here are "internet 5'10", known in reality-inches as 5'4".

This was great, but it took me a long time to scroll past that first picture of Paula Patton.

Aaaand I just had to scroll back up and look again. Yowza.

Katie Walsh (#168,039)
jfruh (#713)

@Katie Walsh "Often the need arises to make an actor appear taller, either because of their height, or to fit with the composition of a particular shot. In this use Apple Boxes are jokingly referred to as 'Man Makers.'"


Thank you for addressing one of my top pet peeves ("things") – celebrities that are surprisingly shorter than me in person.

ep (#8,509)

Katie Holmes was terrific in Sleepless in Seattle but I have no idea who these other people are.

justdont (#12,986)

On the topic of improbable height: in the first photograph, how is there a twenty-foot-long reflection of the beturbaned guard in the floor tile? And only his reflection?

Pop Socket (#187)

I have seen Tom Cruise in person dashing into a theater to see his bride on stage and he has lifts in his Nikes. They look like sneakers the pinball wizard would wear.

copyranter (#440)


JoanTition (#15,020)

On Jimmy Fallon last night they had some of this juju magic going on. I was maybe yelling at the television that those two are NOT the same height.

sandyryan27 (#197,236)


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