“I STARTED DANCING BECAUSE I WAS INSPIRED BY MY WIFE, KATIE HOLMES.”
Just when we thought it couldn’t get better, Tom Cruise has done an even better job in the new Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol. Here, he talks about action movies, risking his neck on the sets during stunts, and his adorable daughter Suri.
Cosmo: You’ve done a few action movies now. How do keep topping the last?
Tom Cruise: “The most important thing is story and just getting inventive with the action to tell the story. We’re always trying to find stuff that we haven’t seen before.”
C: When you look back over your career, are there any favourite films?
TC: “It’s like your children; I can’t say there’s a favourite. But there are films that, when I look back on them, I say ‘Wow, I’m really pleased’. Like Risky Business and Taps— when I look back then, that time was very special to me. But it’s hard, I can’t say ‘That is my favourite’ because there are so many ones that I feel really proud of what we created at that point.”
C: How was it working in a musical like Rock of Ages?
TC: “I had started dancing because I was inspired by my wife. She kept saying, ‘You’ve got to do a musical sometime’. Katie’s a dancer, so she would say, ‘Let’s go to dance class’, and that’s how I kind of came up with the idea of Les Grossman in Tropic Thunder doing hip-hop. And then to take it to the next level with Rock of Ages was really fun.”
C: So what did Suri do all day while you were working?
TC: “What are kids gonna do? You know, run around and play. Or be in the make-up room. Other people working on the movies had their kids around too. But that’s the way it is. You wake up in the morning, and everyone kinda goes to the set.”