Tom Cruise made a surprise video appearance at the memorial service of his late lawyer and friend Bert Fields to pay tribute
Tom Cruise made a surprise appearance at the memorial service for Bert Fields, a lawyer to the stars who passed away at the age of 93.
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The actor appeared through a video at the service held earlier in the month, two months after his passing in August, which was obtained by TMZ, and it sees him reflecting on his life with Bert.
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He talked first of how he met the lawyer, which was back in 1989 as he was having dinner with Dustin Hoffman ahead of the release of Rain Man.
"I sit next to this extraordinary person," he shared. "I didn't really know who he was. We just sat there and I ended up talking to him the whole evening. He's the most fascinating person that I'd ever met."
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With a laugh, he continued: "I said, 'I'm sorry but who are you, who do you know,' and he said, 'I'm Dustin's lawyer.' I said, 'Really? I want you to be my lawyer, can you be my lawyer please?' And he said, 'Absolutely.'
Tom was introduced to the lawyer by Dustin Hoffman
"From that moment on, we were incredible friends. He really is an extraordinary friend and we've had many adventures, wonderful dinners, incredible stories all around the world."
He seemingly felt overcome as he looked to the side and paused for words through his speech, calling him an "exceptional human being" and someone "you can count on."
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"I'm just very grateful to him," he concluded. "Bert, I'm very happy that you've lived and I'm very grateful to have known you. I love you dearly and always will."
Bert was not only the lawyer for Tom and Dustin, but also to several other stars like Michael Jackson, James Cameron, Madonna, George Lucas, and even the Beatles.
Bert represented several major stars in Hollywood and beyond
Dustin also delivered a speech at the service and was choked up doing so as he said: "What I respected most was his loyalty — he was a friend, a true friend. I miss him."
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