The altered video is from a 2008 interview with the actor
Bill Hader is a shapeshifter!
The altered clip – which was made by deepfake YouTuber Ctrl Shift Face — is from a 2008 interview with David Letterman where Hader is discussing the table read for Tropic Thunder, in which he costarred with Cruise, 57.
“At the beginning, before anything, you get together and read through the script,” Hader explained of getting the cast of the comedy together for the first time. “Tom Cruise walks in … and he’s super stoked to be there.”
As Hader moves into his impression of Cruise, his face morphs into the actor’s. “He comes over and he sits next to me … he was trying to place me, so he sat down next to me and he’s like, ‘I, uh… love your work,'” Hader said.
While getting to know each other, Hader told Cruise, “I’m friends with Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen and they went to your house.”
The former Saturday Night Live star then starts morphing into Rogen as he imitates Rogen’s reaction to Cruise’s house. “Seth Rogen was like, ‘It was amazing, he has a bike track in his backyard, it’s phenomenal!'”
Hader’s vocal impressions appeared to go over well with Cruise.
“I did a Seth Rogen impression and it was like I did a magic trick,” he told Letterman. “Tom Cruise was like ‘Haha!’ and he pointed at me and he goes, ‘You do impressions and you’re on Saturday Night Live.‘”
Though Hader can’t physically shape shift into other actors without the help of deepfake technology, the comedy star is known for his celebrity impressions, recently showing them off during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert earlier this year.