Tom sat down with Playboy magazine and gave a candid interview about his life, acting, and living like you mean it. And, yes, Rock of Ages came up too, specifically—nailing his version of “Pour Some Sugar On Me” in front of Def Leppard. Find out what Joe Elliott, the band’s lead singer, was doing in the wings while Tom performed! We’ve got some choice selections from the interview below, but to read the complete piece—
Fans are definitely enjoying Tom’s forthright and honest views. In the Twitosphere, Tom Cruise followers especially liked his take on living for one’s self, as these tweets show:
In the meantime, here’s Tom on . . .
Being a professional:
“I’ve never been late to set. I make films I believe in. I feel privileged to be able to do what I love. You just have to keep going and remember that. The other stuff? I hear it, I read it, I get it. But life is not a matter of trying to prove anything to anybody.”
Being an actor:
“When I made Taps, really my first film experience, I remember lying at night in the hotel room, thinking, I love this so much. I’d wanted it since I was four, and there I was, thinking that if I did my best on Taps, maybe I could do this for the rest of my life.”
Moving a lot as a child:
“I found it adventurous. Did it bring challenges? Yeah. You’re always the new kid, with the wrong accent, the wrong shoes. You learn about people and yourself and how to deal with what was not always a safe environment.”
“I’d be doing flips and the neighborhood kids would come over and look. Then I tried a double and got through only one and a half before I missed the snowbank, landed on the sidewalk and broke my ankle.”
“From as early as I can remember, I wanted to ride motorcycles and race cars. I wanted to do jumps and stunts. Every birthday I wanted only a motorcycle. By the time I was 12, I’d bought my own.”
Training for roles:
“I train pretty hard. For The Last Samurai I spent a year training six hours a day, seven days a week to be able to handle a sword and do it on uneven terrain, because I didn’t want to blow my knees out. You’ve got to build the body up for impact.”
Climbing the Burj Khalifa:
“As great as visual effects are, it just would not have been the same experience for the audience . . . I started thinking of -Harold Lloyd dangling from the clock, and Buster Keaton, when you feel the danger. And look, if I’m at the third or the second floor, a fall will kill me anyway. [laughs] I might as well be on the 124th floor.”
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