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Obrigado Mr. Cruise

While promoting his latest film, Valkyrie, Tom Cruise recently startled both reporters and fans in Rio de Janeiro with his disoriented comprehension of Brazil’s language and culture.

According to Brazilian gossip website Glamurama, Mr. Cruise reportedly addressed the press conference with the Spanish words “hola” and “gracias”. the correct words in Portuguese would have been olá and obrigado.

In addition to his language fail, he continued to showcase his Latin culture expertise. Tom mentioned that the tango was one of the reasons he fell in love with Brazil. The tango originated in Argentina.

Tom Cruise Photo Courtesy: Paulo Fernando