Tom Cruise can spy on the worlds most dangerous governments as Ethan Hawke, break dance to Ludicrous as the supporting mean guy in Tropic Thunder, and believe it or not, he may even have perfect pitch!
His soon to be released film, Rock of Ages, will feature the dynamic actor as Stacee Jaxx, a not so typical 1980′s Glam Rock superstar out to ruin the romance between the movie’s two main characters. If the film is anything as good as the on stage musical, which featured a live rock band as the orchestra and former American Idol Constantine Maroulis as “Drew,” Cruise picked a great musical for his first act.
His co-stars have been quick to praise the 49-year-old actor for the dedication he gave the movie, and more specifically, to his first singing role. Julianne Hough, one of his co-starring actors, had this to say about Cruise’s work ethic:
“Anybody who knows Tom knows that he literally is the most hardworking and intense and committed actor out there,” she says. “He, literally, would do lessons every day for hours trying to perfect it and perfect it and he really did it. He was fantastic”
So it seems that Cruise had the desire to improve his voice to the levels of Axl Rose and Bret Michaels, but one still wonders whether he was actually able to do it. There were rumors going around set, according to Hough, that his grandparents were professional Opera singers. This apparently led many on the set to believe he may have inherited some singing genes from the past, but they had to wait to hear his voice to solidify their wonderings.
The rumors seemed to be right on, as Hough reports that,“he has this tone and this pitch that is incredible.”
It is quite obvious that there is nothing Tom Cruise cannot do. The sheer variety of roles he has played over the past 30-plus years (he’s been acting since 1981) are explicative of his true talents as an actor. Now that he can add a singing role to his resume, I think he could act in any movie he damn well pleased.
Rock of Ages is a classic love story musical with a not so classic twist. The film was originally a Broadway show about Los Angeles in 1987, and follows two young people, Drew and Sherrie, chasing their dreams of rock and roll stardom; falling in love at the same time over cheap wine coolers.
The music is pure Glam Metal (like We Built This City” by Starship, and “Rock You Like a Hurricane” by The Scorpions) and the script is pure 1980s. Anyone who lived through the decade, or wished they had, will certainly get a kick out of this film based on a play in which beer vendors hawked their wares in the aisles during intermission and everyone was given a plastic “lighter” to wave in the air during the final song.
Rock of Ages premiers June 15th, 2012, and you certainly don’t want to miss it.Tags: Axl Rose, bret michaels, Glam Metal, Jefferson Starship, Julianne Hough, Mission Impossible, movie, musical, new movie, Rock of Ages, Scorpion, singing, Tom Cruise, Tropic Thunder