Just here wishing Tom Cruise a very Happy Birthday! <3
Last week David Beckham posted a photo of Tom and Guy Ritchie with him at the Haig Club London :
Tom Cruise on Jack Nicholson
I couldn’t wait to play that courtroom scene in A Few Good Men [pictured] with Jack Nicholson. I’d been thinking about it for months. And it was like, here it is, man, I’m going to enjoy every moment of this.
Playing the scene out, Colonel Jessup as a written character is overpowering, so [Jack] needed to give him that power. But he understands the camera in such a manner that the power had to come from stillness. So he made his movements so minimal. I could see the motions becoming less and less. So it becomes like this focus. When it comes to the key point, Jessup doesn’t even realise my character has beaten him, but you can see the flicker of Jack’s eyes; and it’s not calculated, he just understands the power of the frame. That’s what makes him a craftsman.
People came from all around just to watch us play that scene. They were showing up along the edges! So many people. And when the scene ended the first time, there was applause. Everyone around, applauding. God, it was exciting. It was electric.
Working with Jack was really exceptional because you’re working with someone who started out really as a writer – he appreciates good writing, understands it, and knows how to turn certain phrases, even down to little things, like that anti-Semitic comment in the scene, “You, Lieutenant Weinberg.” These are things he discovered on the day.
When you think of the guy from The Last Detail or One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, and now he’s playing Colonel Jessup, this terrifying military character – the wide range of performances that he’s given is incredible.
Look at that run he was on. Chinatown in 1974. The Last Detail in 1975. One of the all-time incredible performances. Five Easy Pieces, Carnal Knowledge… That whole period of cinema was remarkable. What movies they are. And you know, here’s a guy who was writing at the same time! He told me he was also pitching TV ideas!
When you look at The Last Detail, he’s communicating beyond the word. He is communicating the character, the emotion.
One thing doesn’t sum up Jack Nicholson. You can see an evolution in his work. I mean, look at his character in About Schmidt. That’s what I appreciate. You just line up his movies and go, wow!
When you see Jack on screen, you’re looking at him in a frame, and you’re thinking, why are my eyes drawn to that guy? Look at Chinatown – the guy is so alive on screen. He’s so charismatic. I mean, listen, it’s why some people are movie stars.
Jack also understands, I think, the power he has. And he enjoys it. And you enjoy that he enjoys it. That’s key. You know, he’s enjoying it, so we’re enjoying it too.
Since A Few Good Men, any time I see him, I look at him, and I know he’s a friend.
I’ve wanted to work with Jack again since then. And it doesn’t matter how old he is, or whatever, he’s just a guy you want to see on film. It goes to the heart of what it is that makes people who they are and why? As an audience, you want to go on that journey with him.
Tom Cruise has been nominated for Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy while Oblivion was nominated for Choice Movie: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
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Tom has given an interview to Playboy, here’s a part of it, read the rest at Playboy.com website.
For 20 years Tom Cruise was the closest thing to a sure bet Hollywood had, shining on-screen and endearing himself to studios by working as hard promoting his films as he did making them. He surrounded himself with great filmmakers, including Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg and Michael Mann, and stood toe-to-toe with such vets as Jack Nicholson, Paul Newman and Dustin Hoffman. His movies have grossed well over $7 billion, earning him hundreds of millions of dollars.
As he nears 50, Cruise has put his temporary career crisis in the rearview mirror and is once again among the handful of stars whose participation gets a movie made. Seven years after being on the precipice, Cruise is coming off the biggest box office hit of his career in Mission: -Impossibleâ€”Ghost Protocol, a crowd-pleasing film he also produced. It reunited him with Redstoneâ€™s Paramount Pictures, for which he just completed One Shot, an adaptation of Lee Childâ€™s popular novel built around Jack Reacher. Cruise continues to take calculated risks: In the books, Reacher is a six-foot-five, 250-pound mass of muscle who towers over the bad guys and tears them apart bare-handed. Cruise is about five-foot-seven and maybe 160 pounds.
In Rock of Ages, which comes out this summer, he plays a decadent 1980s rock icon named -Stacee Jaxx. Itâ€™s the first movie in which he sings.
To catch up with Cruise, playboy sent Michael Fleming to the Baton Rouge set of Oblivion, a postapocalyptic sci-fi thriller that was just getting under way. Fleming reports: â€œFor all the adversity he endured the past half decade, Iâ€™m not sure Iâ€™ve ever met an actor who seems as content and comfortable in his own skin as Cruise. Despite the media fixation on his life, the industry has always loved his work ethic, and his fan base is still there. His life is a lot simpler than many might imagine. He works hard and keeps his family, including his mother and sisters, close to his side. He dotes on wife Katie and his children, Bella and Connor (from his marriage to Nicole Kidman) and Suri, his daughter with Holmes. Cruise flashes his trademark smile often as he talks about what seems like a great life, but he has also learned a lot in the past few years as he rescued his own career.â€
PLAYBOY: You turn 50 on July 3. Itâ€™s a time most men are battling a gut, getting colonoscopies, losing their hair and monitoring their blood pressure. How is it you look about half your age?
CRUISE: I honestly have no idea. [laughs] I work. Iâ€™m always with family. I train, go without sleep. I just go hard.
PLAYBOY: Youâ€™re not wrinkling up like a lot of your peers. Have you had, or would you get, cosmetic surgery?
CRUISE: I havenâ€™t, and I never would.
PLAYBOY: What does this dubious milestone mean to you?
CRUISE: When I made Taps, really my first film experience, I remember lying at night in the hotel room, thinking, I love this so much. Iâ€™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. Turning 50, when Iâ€™m still doing this, is okay. On July 3 Iâ€™ll be in Iceland, filming on my birthday. My family, my wife, they understand. Itâ€™s who I am. Iâ€™ve spent many birthdays on a movie set, all great days.
PLAYBOY: What have you learned that you didnâ€™t know 20 years ago?
CRUISE: Iâ€™ve always had the same values. Family for me has always been important. When I shoot, everybody comes. When Kateâ€™s shooting, Iâ€™m there with her and the kids. Weâ€™re always together. Iâ€™m always around my mother and sisters. I always wanted to be a father, a husband. And Iâ€™ve always had a work ethic. Iâ€™ve had paying jobs since I was about eight years oldâ€”cutting grass, raking leaves, paper routes, selling Easter cards and Christmas cards.
Check out the whole interview at Playboy.com