One of the shocking things about many celebrities is that when you meet them in person, they are not at all what they look like on the big screen or on TV. It really is true that the camera adds pounds, but more than that, the spatial illusion created by how directors film scenes in TV and movies often hides how vertically challenged many celebrities are. Here are 10 famous people who are much, much shorter than you ever thought.

1. Tom Cruise


Cruise looks larger than life in his action movies and space thrillers, and because he has such command of the big screen, you don’t think about the fact that he is anything other than a tall, strong dude who can take care of business. But in reality, Cruise is 5’4″ and in some scenes with taller actresses, he is rumored to have worn shoe lifts that add inches to his height.