Image screengrab via YouTube

Over the summer, a shot of Tom Cruise’s bubble butt—as seen in the 2008 war film Valkyrie—made the rounds online, along with a great conspiracy theory that Tom Cruise wore a prosthetic ass in the movie.

The screengrab above (and below, as captured by an observant Twitter user) seems to confirm as much. Note how circular the butt is, as well as curvature of the outer exterior. Either that’s a fake butt, a stunt double, or there’s some extreme butt-editing foul play at hand.

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Cruise “had no idea” about this and recently insisted the ass was real. “There was no prosthetic in Valkyrie. No,” he told Screen Rant in a recent promo interview. “It’s me. It’s not CGI, it’s me. I do my own mooning in films. So let it be known. I do my own mooning.” Mmmk.

That lie is as blatant as Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx trying to hide their love behind blurry photos. “It’s not CGI, it’s me.” Sure... It’s “me” too... Aren’t we all “me”? Aren’t we all “us”? Look:

Look again.

Could this be a Church of Scientology long con? I’m not sure why Tom Cruise wouldn’t just fess up.

According to Screen Rant:

As you’ll see in our full interview with Cruise and director Doug Liman later this week, Cruise seemed unaware of the internet joke, finding the very idea of it causing a stir humorous. Whether he’s deflecting from an obvious cushion or similar we don’t know, but it would seem the official line is that the “fake butt” is all an illusion.

Who do you believe: Tom Cruise or your own eyes?

Image via YouTube.