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Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE -

Tom Cruise is in town. Yippee. The coun­try goes kooky when celebri­ties hit town. As a re­porter, be­ing sent on a mis­sion to find a celebrity is slightly hu­mil­i­at­ing.

Loi­ter­ing around air­ports and try­ing to sneak glimpses from afar on movie sets just feels ... wrong. But it has to be done. Peo­ple go crazy, they want to read about it, and - it’s my job. So re­luc­tantly, zoom lens in hand, we’ve had our stalker pants on in search of Tom Cruise ac­tion.

The past week every time I’ve heard a he­li­copter go over my roof I’ve thought it was Tom Cruise head­ing up to his mil­i­tary-style set up the Ne­vis. I’ve been up there three times now. The most ex­cit­ing ac­tion I got was a se­cu­rity guard ask­ing my busi­ness for be­ing there. Now I re­alise Tom Cruise wasn’t even in the coun­try.

Since then, he has been papped through the fence at the air­port get­ting off his plane. So he is in town. Up the Ne­vis I will go again to­day.

- jo­hanna.mcken­ziem­clean@ fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz

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