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Billy Ray And Tom Cruise Begin Relationship

LOS ANGELES ( – Billy Ray’s career is picking up steam. “Shattered Glass” marks his directorial debut this month under the guidance of Cruise-Wagner Productions, the brainchild of Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner.

His next project will star Cruise himself. The untitled project is a biopic about eccentric artist Jon Sarkin.

Cruise acquired the rights to Sarkin’s story in 1997 after he read a story about the former chiropractor in GQ magazine.

Sarkin was stricken with an aneurysm that put him in a coma for two months. The stroke left him disabled and partially deaf. But it also scrambled his brain in such a manner that a creativity was unlocked, enabling him to become a successful, quirky artist.

And one of the residual side effects: Sarkin is unable to control what he says.

As for their work relationship on “Shattered Glass,” Ray tells Zap2it, “Although we weren’t on the same continent, they (Cruise and Wagner) saw all the dailies and gave me copious notes.”

“Shattered Glass,” which stars Hayden Christensen and Peter Sarsgaard, is also based on a real-life character. Stephen Glass was once an editor at The New Republic who fabricated at least 27 articles in his tenure.

“I’d be happy if a journalist could do something really bad before the opening,” laughs Ray.

“Shattered” opens in New York and Los Angeles this Friday (Oct. 31) and selected cities on Nov. 7.

Cruise can be seen in “The Last Samurai” in December.


The Explosion That Changed Everything

London Telegraph

Ten years ago a young American chiropractor nearly died. As he recovered, he realised that all he wanted was to be an artist. Now his work sells for thousands and Tom Cruise wants to make a film of his life. Jon Sarkin talks to James Langton.

full article:  The Explosion that changed Everything.pdf


Sight And Sound

Elisabeth Morse, ART News

For John Sarkin, a Massachusetts-based chiropractor, a medical mishap became fodder for creativity — and a second career as an artist. The muse came, indirectly, from tinnitus or ringing in the ear. Sarkin’s 1989 surgery for the condition resulted in a stroke and the removal of part of his cerebellum. When he recovered, he found that his eyesight and judgment had been affected. He began painting, convinced that his medical traumas had heightened his perception of color.

After GQ magazine published an article about Sarkin, actor Tom Cruise bought the rights to the story. The script is now in the early stages of development, and although Sarkin says he is flattered at the prospect of being played by Cruise, he has mixed feelings about he project: “Let’s say that someone portrayed the worst thing that ever happened to you. Wouldn’t it be a bittersweet excitement, going through all the bad parts again?


An Oscar Story In The Making: The Life Story Tom Cruise Just Had To Have

An Oscar Story In The Making: The Life Story Tom Cruise Just Had To Have

Peter Sheridan, New York Post

LOS ANGELES — When Jon Sarkin walks down that red Oscar carpet tonight, no one will notice him amid the crush of stars. After the ceremony, at the Vanity Fair party – the holy grail of celebrity bashes – Sarkin will be ignored by parapazzi and fans.

But just wait a couple of years, and all of Hollywood could be at his feet. Such is the power of a truly gripping life story.

So amazing is that story, in fact, that Tom Cruise bought the rights to it. Hot on the heels of such torn-from-the-headlines films as “Erin Brockovich,” “The Hurricane,” “The Insider” and “Boys Don’t Cry,” Cruise hopes that the 46-year-old Sarkin’s epic ordeal will bring him the Best Actor Oscar he craves.

And Sarkin agrees. Ten years ago, the New Jersey-born doctor nearly died from a brain aneurysm, and had part of his brain cut away by surgeons battling to save his life.

He emerged a shattered man – but one with amazing visual perception. His brain seemed virtually rewired, experiencing sounds and colors with such intensity it was as if he physically felt them. “It’s like being on a hallucinogenic drug the entire time,” Sarkin explains. “Everything is more vivid, more deeply felt.”

Seeing the world through new eyes, Sarkin turned to painting as therapy – and to his amazement, was acclaimed as an artist. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, GQ and The New York Times magazines and in one-man shows at galleries across America. Ultimately his art caught the eye of Tom Cruise, who snapped up his life story 18 months ago.

Last week, Sarkin toured the Paramount studio in Hollywood, visiting Cruise’s production company to check on the progress of his film. And tonight he’ll be rubbing shoulder pads with Cruise at the Vanity Fair party. “It’s exciting and surreal,” says the bearded artist. “This is like a dream.”

Sarkin’s transformation began as a nightmare on a golf course near his home in Rockport, Mass. “I bent over to pick up a ball when my head felt like it was exploding. I thought, ‘I’m going to die. NOW.'”

“Apparently a swollen blood vessel had come into contact with a nerve affecting my hearing and vision. Everything I saw was bizarre…I had a screaming in my ear like the sexless piercing shriek of a baboon.”

Doctors advised brain surgery to separate Sarkin’s damaged nerve from the blood vessel – but the operation went horribly wrong.

“I had a stroke and died on the operating table,” says Sarkin, hazel eyes unblinding, his rumbling baritone devoid of self-pity. “They took out part of my brain to save me.”

He was in a coma for two months, after which he had to relearn how to breathe, walk, talk and eat. “After three months I left the hospital a different person. I underwent a cataclysmic change.”

“It was as if the surgeons had removed some filter in my brain that normally stops you being overwhelmed with visual information. Suddenly I was experiencing colors emotionally as if I was I was on hallucinogenic drugs. I was physically feeling what I saw.”

“I viewed the world through new, alien, and sometimes frightening eyes.” His career as a successful chiropractor was over. “Before the incident I was a hard-working, driven professional,” Sarkin recalls.

“Afterwards my vision was messed up, and the stroke left my speech slurred, and my left arm weak. I can’t pick my kids up, or run, or drive a car. I couldn’t think straight. I couldn’t work anymore.”

Disability insurance guaranteed that Sarkin’s wife and their three children would never have to worry about money.

But Sarkin struggled with his transformation, and with his desire to make a new life for himself. Doctors urged him to take up art as therapy.

“I never thought I’d make any money from art, let alone be successful at it,” he says. “I just couldn’t think what else to do.”

Sarkin’s art vibrates with color and passion. There’s also a distinctly bizarre view of the world running through all he creates. At times he’s like a visiting Martian making ironic observations on the alien planet Earth.

While his “outsider” paintings win him respect, living with the otherworldly Sarkin is not easy for his wife, Kim.

“It’s been difficult, but it’s an experience I cherish,” she says. “The serious side of him is gone, which I miss. But he’s happier now than he’s ever been, and has the freedom to explore his art.”

Sarkin admits: “It’s been hard for her. At times she found it very difficult living with me, and most wives would have bailed. But she didn’t, and I’m very grateful. We have a stronger marriage as a result.”

With all its ups and downs, Sarkin believes his life offers a role that Tom cruise could revel in.

“He’s a great actor, and he could really go to town with my story,” Sarkin says. “But Tom – if you really want to find out what it’s like inside my head, better fasten your seat belt, man, because you’re in for a rough ride.”

Sarkin is unconcerned that Hollywood might reinvent his story – an accusation leveled against such recent films as “The Hurricane” – or may exploit him, as many felt “Shine” exploited the tormented Australian pianist David Helfgott.

“What can Tom Cruise do?” laughs Sarkin. “Kill me? I’ve been there already. I died on the operating table. A near-death experience gives you great perspective. Let him exploit me. But honestly – I think he’ll do a great job.”