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Tom Cruise talks song and dance for his upcoming musical Rock of Ages

Nov. 8, 2011by:
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Tom Cruise just recently wrapped filming his role of 'Stacee Jax' for the Adam Shankman musical ROCK OF AGES. The MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL star has always been an all-or-nothing type of performer in front of the camera and it's always proven to be a tremendously admirable trait. Cruise's dedication and intensity have brought us great performances from a whole slew of films in various genres.

But singing and dancing, it appears, may have proven to be the most difficult thing of all for the actor who just recently did his own stunt work atop the tallest building in the world for the upcoming GHOST PROTOCOL. Here's Cruise talking to the LA Times' 24 Frames about his experience leading up to and shooting ROCK OF AGES:

"I had started dancing because I was inspired by my wife. She kept saying, 'You've got to do a musical sometime.' Kate's a dancer, so she would say, 'Let's go to dance class,' and she would take us and that's how I kind of came up with the idea of Les Grossman doing hip-hop [for TROPIC THUNDER]. And then to take it to this level with this? It was really fun.

"I was working on it when I was finishing 'Mission' and I was singing five hours a day and I was dancing five hours a day. Adam said, 'Look, we're going to have a lot of fun,' and we really did... I did six months preparing for the movie, and all my stunt training and all of those years doing that, it helped me with the choreography."


Cruise also sang director Shankman's praises:

"He's on fire. What he accomplished with 'Hairspray' was amazing. My daughter has seen it 15 times and our whole family has watched it over and over and it's just enormously entertaining. To be able to hold that tone throughout is really something."

This is seriously going to be such a strange film, one that'll either prove to be a fun and entertaining experimental role for Cruise, or quite simply a disastrous one. Whichever it turns out to be, though, I will be seeing it.

ROCK OF AGES opens June 1, 2012.

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5:34PM on 11/08/2011

Musical?!!

No matter how bad the script/director is, Tom's acting is always superior! I just love musicals and it' time for one now!
No matter how bad the script/director is, Tom's acting is always superior! I just love musicals and it' time for one now!
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11:55AM on 11/08/2011

Obligatory Tom Cruise was snubbed a nomination for Collateral

Love me some Tom Cruise. Aside from the Scientology, he's a great fucking guy. I love hearing him get amped up about the roles he does. It's refreshing to hear an actor praise his work and his work ethic. I hate the actors that bitch about being an actor and constantly talk about retiring or about how much they hated a certain role they took for whatever fucking reason. Not once have i heard Tom Cruise bitch about being in a movie.
Love me some Tom Cruise. Aside from the Scientology, he's a great fucking guy. I love hearing him get amped up about the roles he does. It's refreshing to hear an actor praise his work and his work ethic. I hate the actors that bitch about being an actor and constantly talk about retiring or about how much they hated a certain role they took for whatever fucking reason. Not once have i heard Tom Cruise bitch about being in a movie.
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8:58AM on 11/08/2011

One thing about Tom...

..is that he puts his heart and soul into every role he plays and that's why he's one of the best.
..is that he puts his heart and soul into every role he plays and that's why he's one of the best.
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7:33AM on 11/08/2011
Les Grossman was the best thing about Tropic Thunder IMO. I really admire Cruise's level of commitment.
Being a music and dance lover myself I can't wait to watch Tom Cruise busting some moves. I'm game.
Les Grossman was the best thing about Tropic Thunder IMO. I really admire Cruise's level of commitment.
Being a music and dance lover myself I can't wait to watch Tom Cruise busting some moves. I'm game.
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