Tom Cruise isn't afraid to get injured on set. The 50-year-old actor is famous for doing his own stunts and despite being a huge Hollywood star, he throws himself into every action sequence without complaint.
Defence Lab's Andy Norman, who was the fight consultant on Jack Reacher, said, "Tom gets right in there, he'll take the knock and the bruises and he doesn't want us to hold back. He'll still be there at 2am going over fight scenes, he's a total perfectionist."
Andy also revealed Tom is involved in every stage of planning the fight scenes in his films because he wants to get the emotion behind the action right: "A fight scene like the one in Jack Reacher where he takes on five guys at once can take up to eight weeks to put together and Tom is involved from day one. Tom is so famous in the industry for his focus and he gets so into the character he wants to be there from when we first get together to talk about the fight. He wants to know the emotion, the reason behind it, the why, how much training he needs, the intensity and he makes the job easier because you're not having to carry him The process is quite collaborative because you've got the emotion from the script and we have to see how Tom wants to show that emotion and we work out how to put that together from the movie."
Malin Akerman was star-struck when she met Tom Cruise. The 34-year-old actress couldn't believe it when she was cast alongside the Hollywood legend for Rock of Ages and was nervous about meeting him for the first time but she quickly struck up a bond with Tom.
"I still get excited by working with big names. You have that initial moment of, 'Oh my goodness, I'm going to work with Tom Cruise!' And then you meet him and in 10 minutes you realize you're both just in this together, two actors who are equally as nervous and excited to be on a new journey. And star-struck feelings go away and you become partners in crime. My dream now is to work on a big film with Tilda Swinton and Cate Blanchett," said Malin, who had to stick her tongue in the actor's ear during one memorable scene.
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“Yes, I have shown [Tom Cruise] the film, and yes, we are still friends. The rest is between me and Tom."
- Director Paul Thomas Anderson comments on his showing the A-list star his latest film, The Master, which was inspired by The Church of Scientology -- a religion in which Cruise is highly involved.
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Tom Cruise offered a private jet to a worker who was injured on the set of his latest film.
The actor was shooting new movie Oblivion last month when British crew worker, known only as David, was crushed by a 700-pound weight. David was left unconscious and initially believed to be paralyzed, so caring Tom alerted his private pilot who primed the star's jet to transport David to a specialist spinal injury clinic.
"Tom stayed cool and swept straight into action. He didn't take a back seat at all and made sure his Gulfstream V jet was ready to go in case it was needed. It was quick thinking. David could have suffered permanent spinal injury, so it might have been vital he was flown to hospital," a source said.
Tom Cruise wanted to film Rock Of Ages because his family loves musicals.
The Mission Impossible actor - who plays an egotistical 80s rock legend called Stacee Jaxx in his latest film - has revealed he was pushed into the role by wife Katie Holmes and six-year-old daughter Suri because they are huge fans of musicals.
"Kate sings and dances and we kind of went through the history of musicals together. And Suri loves Hairspray. I have watched it 15 times with her," he said.
Tom, 49, had five hours of vocal coaching and three hours of dance lessons per day, as well as having to learn the guitar in order to prepare for the demanding role. "I needed to find out if I could really sing. Then I had to learn how to play guitar. I'm very good at air guitar and air drums, but I had never played an actual guitar. I needed to find my own Stacee Jaxx. It was like learning a new sport," he explained.
Tom Cruise has confirmed he "hopes" to make Top Gun 2.
The Rock of Ages actor admits he is keen to reprise his role as United States Naval Aviator Lieutenant Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell in a follow-up to the classic 1986 movie but will only sign on if the script is right.
"You know what, if we can get the script right, then we'll do it. And that's what we hope to do," he said.
Also currently at the planning stages is a fifth installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise and Tom admits it is again dependent on the quality of the submitted script: "Again, yeah, if I could get the script right, we're going to do it. We're going to do our best."
Tom has appeared in almost 40 movies but can't choose which of his work represents him the best. Asked which film shows "the real Tom," he said, "That is too difficult. That's like asking which one, you know, is your favourite child! I mean, each one, I put so much into them."
Russell Brand's onscreen smooch with Alec Baldwin was "one of the greatest kisses" he's ever had.
The pair locked lips in new movie Rock of Ages and Russell joked he enjoyed their kiss so much that he deliberately made mistakes so they could do multiple takes: "Alec Baldwin has been one of the great kisses of my life. Like, to be honest, in the first few takes I deliberately made it go wrong just so I could kiss him more often. I'd go, 'Oh sorry, I was wearing a baseball cap in the scene. Oh sorry, I think I stumbled, I opened my eyes.' So they did take after take, kiss after kiss, and I thought if I keep kissing that man, eventually I can make him love me."
Tom Cruise is to star in a reimagining of Van Helsing.
The Mission: Impossible actor will also produce the remake of the 2004 Hugh Jackman vampire movie alongside Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci's K/O Paper Products in one of the pair's first works under their new two-year first-look production deal with Universal Pictures. The film is expected to be released in 2016.
Alex and Roberto will also tackle a remake of The Mummy as part of their new deal and are delighted to be working with Universal Pictures long-term. "We're thrilled to call Universal Pictures our home. From the moment we sat down with Adam Fogelson [chairman], Donna [Langley, co-chairman] , Peter, Jeff and the entire Uni team, there was an instant flow of inspired ideas. They really understand the importance of building a strong creative team and giving our shared projects their full support. We're proud to start making movies that will live as part of Universal's enduring legacy," they said in a statement.
Simon Pegg was surprised at how "normal" Tom Cruise was. The Star Trek actor starred alongside Tom in Mission: Impossible 3 and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and he says despite his A-list status he was very grounded as was his wife Katie Holmes and their six-year-old daughter Suri.
"That he's quite normal, you know, he's a real family man. When Katie and Suri visited the set, they're just like a normal little family and you see them doing normal things. I don't know what I expected them to do. Suri's a very sweet unprecocious little girl, she just does what kids do, she's not walking around in high heels and shouting at people, as some people would have us believe," Simon replied when asked what surprised him the most about Tom.
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