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
You can vote by signing up on TeenChoiceAwards.com
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
The Hollywood Reporter analyzes how the actor continues to score new roles, despite near-death career moves.
Tom Cruise would make a great Survivor contestant. Despite his peculiar public image and less-than-stellar domestic box office in recent years, the 49-year-old has four big studio movies hitting theaters in the next 18 months: Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol in December, the now-filming One Shot for Paramount, June’s Rock of Ages for New Line and the untitled Joseph Kosinski sci-fi epic for Warner Bros. And THR has learned that Warners is again talking to the actor for the lead in its big-budget sci-fi war pic We Mortals Are (aka All You Need Is Kill), being directed by Doug Liman.
“The studios are interested in him again,” says one producer.
What a turnaround. When Mission: Impossible III opened in May 2006, the actor had been under siege for his over-excited Oprah appearance, his public stumping for Scientology and his anti- psychiatry rant on Today. MI-3’s $398 million worldwide gross was nearly 30 percent less than the previous film’s global take.
Paramount soon cut ties with Cruise/Wagner Prods., then Lions for Lambs bombed in 2007 for MGM, where Cruise had taken over as head of its United Artists label, a gig that also led nowhere. Meanwhile, his November 2006 marriage to Katie Holmes seemed only to provoke mass eye-rolling.
An apology-laden PR offensive erased some of the damage to Cruise’s reputation. But while his funny cameo in Tropic Thunder drew praise, Valkyrie and Knight and Day were considered under- performers, at least in the U.S. War of the Worlds was his last unqualified success, with $591 million in worldwide grosses dur- ing summer 2005 — a lifetime ago in Hollywood terms. So what’s behind his sudden resurgence?
One: Need. Movie stars are an increasingly rare breed, and new ones aren’t solidifying. Cruise still delivers internationally, as evidenced by the $186 million foreign gross for Knight and Day, and he has the added benefit of looking (and playing) younger than his years. He’s also hardworking, reliable and invested. “When you have somebody with that good a track record, there’s always the potential for the audience to support that person they’ve had a long relationship with,” says Paramount’s Rob Moore, who sees the new Jack Reacher character in One Shot as another Cruise franchise.
Two: Goodwill. “He’s good at wooing people,” says one studio exec. “He makes it a priority to meet the next generation of execs and is one of the few actors who goes out of his way to shake people’s hands to get back in their good books.” According to insiders, one person Cruise has gotten close to is Skydance Productions president David Ellison, who is co-financing both Protocol and One Shot and shares Cruise’s love of airplanes and flying.
Three: Adaptability. Cruise and his CAA agents have proved to be flexible on dealmaking, meaning he’s working cheaper at times — sources say he’s getting just $5 million for Ages — and structuring deals to lower upfront fees in exchange for backend participation that has greater upside in success.
Four: Commitment. Cruise has always understood what a movie star is and how heâ€™s supposed to behave, and heâ€™s been tireless in playing that role. Excepting the chaotic missteps of 2005-06, heâ€™s always been a smart public figure â€œwilling to do the job of being a movie star,â€ as one producer puts it. Unlike Russell Crowe or Jim Carrey, who rarely attempt to mend breaks with their fans, Cruise, like friend Will Smith, is a constant, enthusiastic campaigner for his own stardom. That accessibility to the wider world translates to tens of millions in ticket sales.
Cruise is not as big a star as he once was. But his approval ratings among filmgoers seem to have turned a corner, even if he has softer- than-desired traction with the under- 25 demo and some portion of the female audience. “Anecdotally, the polarization you once heard isn’t here anymore,” says a Hollywood marketing consultant. And his overseas prowess remains strong — the rest of the world still loves Maverick.
TOM CRUISE’S UPS AND DOWNS
Oprah’s Couch (May 2005): His public image takes a hit when, professing his love for Katie Holmes, he jumps the couch. War of the Worlds (June 2005) Rebounds with the help of Steven Spielberg as alien invasion movie grosses $592 million worldwide. South Park Parody (Nov. 2005): The “Trapped in the Closet” episode mocks him, and Comedy Central cancels a rerun. Mission: Impossible III (May 2006) His third outing as agent Ethan Hunt disappoints, stalling at $398 worldwide. Exit Paramount (Aug. 2006): Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone sours on him, ending his 14-year relationship with the studio. Enter United Artists (Nov. 2006): He and producing partner Paula Wagner find a new mission ressurecting UA. Knight and Day (2010): American audiences aren’t impressed, but the movie more than doubles its domestic gross of $76 million overseas.