LONDON, JUNE 12, 2012 (INQUIRER) By: Sian Watson Associated Press - Tom Cruise attended the European premier of his new film “Rock of Ages” in London’s Leicester Square on Sunday and was joined on the red carpet by fellow stars Julianne Hough, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti and Mary J. Blige.

[American actor Tom Cruise arrives for the European premiere of the film 'Rock of ages' at the Odeon Cinema in Leicester Square in London, on June 10, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW COWIE]

Cruise plays the tattooed — and frequently shirtless — rock star Stacee Jaxx in the tribute to the big-haired, big-riffing glam metal sound of the 1980s.

But when asked if he had the choice between the life of a movie star or a rock star, Cruise said he would to stick with his day job.

“I love my job, and I feel very privileged to be able to do it. It has been a dream of mine, and I love what I do,” he said.

However, the “Mission Impossible” star makes a very convincing rocker, and he had to embrace all of his character’s rock ‘n’ roll habits. These included being hands on with his female co-stars.

When asked about this, the ever cool Cruise said he took Jaxx’s characteristics in stride. “It was a character, and it was something where you were trying to find where we can find the comedy.

Comedy is different, from Les Grossman to this kind of character, and there is no half way with rock ‘n’ roll. You have to go all of the way, particularly with Stacee,” he laughed.

Based on the musical hit, the movie tells the story of small town girl Sherrie (Hough) and city boy Drew (Diego Boneta), who share a dream of reaching dizzying heights in Hollywood.

Their glittery romance is set to a rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack that includes hits from Def Leppard, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, and Poison.

Recording artist Blige, who also rocks out in the film, said she enjoyed embracing rock ‘n’ roll for the part. “It felt good. I mean it is the same energy as a lot of the songs that I sing, so it was very easy to do,” she said.

The film has its fair share of intimate moments, with unlikely couples locking lips.

Brand shares a moment with Alec Baldwin, with whom Brand appears to be quite smitten. “He is a very sensual, erotic individual. He has a very powerful sexuality, and I wanted to fall asleep in his arms and wake up in his smile,” he joked.

Actress Malin Akerman, who gets the pleasure of kissing Cruise, shared her words of wisdom on how to prepare for such a moment.

“A lot of mints, a lot of mints. You never want to kill your co-star. But you can’t really prepare for that. You know it is going to be a funny moment. I loved it in the script, and you get there on the day and you just go for it,” she said with a laugh.

“Rock of Ages” is being released in the U.S. and the U.K. on Friday


Cruise Doubts He Could Sell Rock Star Act In Film By KAYE VILLAGOMEZ June 10, 2012, 3:46pm

MANILA, Philippines --- Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise once thought he wouldn’t be able to convince the public of his portrayal of fictional rock star Stacee Jaxx in the film version of “Rock of Ages.”

During the early days of filming, Cruise confided to director Adam Shankman that if he could not sing the part, he wouldn’t be up for it.

Recalled Shankman, “There was a moment when we were looking at each other and Tom said, ‘Well, what if I can’t sell this? Because I won’t do it if it’s not me singing.’ With everything he does, from stunts to performing in front of an audience, it has to be him doing it.

“He believes his audience has come to expect that, and why bother doing it otherwise? But this is what he loves. He loves making movies and he wants to be really good, so he works harder than anybody at it.”

But Cruise went to great lengths to pull the rock star stunt. Instead of concentrating on cuts of his muscles, which he usually does in his action films, Cruise zeroed in on his vocal capacity. He would later realize that he can in fact sing very well. Yes, even that belting part, Cruise did well, all by himself, in “Rock of Ages.”

“From the moment he signed on, Tom started training his voice with an incredible vocal coach, Ron Anderson,” said Shankman.

“I remember the first time we heard him sing. He’s got this outrageous, four-octave range – turns out he has opera singers in his ancestry, so he’s probably genetically predisposed to sing, but no one’s ever asked him to before. I’m just the lucky recipient of this revelation, I suppose.”

The filmmaker confessed to feeling of relief when he found out Cruise could really pipe out songs because he had always wanted a Hollywood biggie to play Stacee Jaxx. “The joy at having discovered that he can sing was a huge relief.” Shankman admitted.

In the plot, “Stacee Jaxx is the rock god that every guy wants to be and that every woman wants to bed. The lead singer of Arsenal, Stacee is at a turning point in his career, and in his life. He’s about to go solo, and his final show with the band is at The Bourbon Room.

It’s a homecoming of sorts, as he played his first gig there back in the day. But fame and fortune may have come too easily to the front man who, after years of indulgence, has become boozed up and blasé to the point of bored, and less than reliable when it comes to showing up for his own shows.”

Shankman looked back at how his casting dream became a reality: “I was thinking to myself, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if we got one of the biggest movie stars in the world to play one of the biggest rock stars in the world?’ As luck would have it, I ran into Tom Cruise, told him I was directing this movie, that it was a musical, and that I was going to offer him this part. He said, ‘Are you serious?’ I said I was. Then I described Stacee to him and he laughed really hard. The next thing I knew, he was in, and I was making a musical with Tom Cruise.”

Luckily for the “Hairspray” director, Cruise exceeded expectations: “Tom is a rock god because he brings all of the star power that comes along with being Tom Cruise, and he’s found a character that audiences have never seen before.”

However, Cruise is not the only A-lister lending star power to the film, Alec Baldwin and Catherine Zeta-Jones are also on board as well as Russell Brand, Paul Giamati an Malin Akerman.

The New Line Cinema production distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures opens June 14.


Rock of Ages: Meet the Movie's Cast! EntertainmentJune 7, 2012 AT 1:45PMBy UsWeekly Staff

[PHOTO -Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx in Rock of Ages.Credit: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.]

From a smooch between Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin to Tom Cruise proving that yes, he can sing, Rock of Ages is well on its way to becoming one of this summer's must-see movies -- and it doesn't even hit theaters until June 15.

In the film, Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta take the lead as wannabe singers Sherrie and Drew, who chase their dreams with the help of Cruise's Stacee Jaxx, Baldwin's Dennis and Brand's Lonnie.

And if the A-list cast isn't enough, moviegoers will be treated to the celebs belting out classic '80s rock favorites including hits by Bon Jovi, Guns N' Roses, Def Leppard and Foreigner.

"He can sing!" director Adam Shankman assured E! News in February of leading man Cruise, who looks nearly unrecognizable in the flick as headbanger Jaxx. "It's a miracle!"

As Cruise gets ready for his summer box office close-up, Us Weekly uncovers need-to-know details about the rest of the Rock of Ages cast.

Malin Akerman: As Constance Sack, Akerman will duet with Cruise's Stacee Jaxx on "I Want to Know What Love Is." "It doesn't get much better than that," the actress enthuses to Celebuzz.

Julianne Hough: With a country music career and two musical films (Burlesque and 2011's Footloose remake) under her belt, Hough stars as the ambitious, wide-eyed waitress Sherrie Christian, who just arrived in L.A to follow her dream of becoming a star. Alec Baldwin: Rocking out to songs including Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" and Foreigner's "Jukebox Hero," 30 Rock's Baldwin appears as Dennis Dupree, the owner of the Bourbon Room.



Catherine Zeta-Jones: Zeta-Jones is no amateur when it comes to musical films. The star, whose performance in the 2002 musical film Chicago won her an Academy Award, plays the mayor's ultra-conservative wife, Patricia, a woman who is trying to kill the '80s rock movement in L.A. Zeta-Jones will have a chance to show off her vocal talents when belting out Pat Benatar's hit "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" in the flick. Russell Brand: "The inside of [Alec's] mouth is beautiful -- it's like a cave of wonder," Brand -- who appears as ex-rocker Lonnie, the manager of the Bourbon Room -- told Access Hollywood of his Rock of Ages kissing partner Baldwin (Dennis Dupree).



Mary J. Blige: PR&B queen Blige shows off a tougher rock edge as Justice Charlier, the owner of The Venus Club. Blige wows the audience with her award-winning voice in two duets: "Harden my Heart" and "Shadows of the Night," which she performs with Hough's character Sherrie.


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