When it was announced that Tom Cruise would take on the role of ’80s rock star Stacee Jaxx in the upcoming Rock of Ages, some felt it a little out of left field. “You’re just as surprised as I am,” Tom Cruise told MTV News earlier this week.
Well, it’s surprising if you think of Cruise as this guy. But long before he was an action hero, scaling the tallest building in the world, he was the kid dancing in his underwear in Risky Business, and the cocky pilot serenading Kelly McGillis in a bar in Top Gun. Just a few different job choices and he could have been a modern day Gene Kelly, right? Well, OK, not quite. Even though that one wedding dance-off was impressive.
But Cruise credits Katie Holmes with this new musical endeavor. “Kate kept saying, ‘You’ve got to make a musical.’ The dancing of [Tropic Thunder character] Les Grossman is inspired because Kate is a dancer. She sings, and she would take us to [dance classes],” he revealed. “[She would say] ‘I’ve got this dance class for the family, come on we’ve got to do it, we’ve got hip-hop class, we’ve got to do it.’ ”
By “us” and “the family,” does he mean Suri, too? Because we’ve seen her on her way to ballet with mom, but the thought of her doing hip-hop next to her parents just killed us with cuteness.
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