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Tom Cruise Trained With a Baboon for 'Rock of Ages'

Tom Cruise Trained With a Baboon for 'Rock of Ages'

A shirtless Tom Cruise channels his Rock of Ages alter ego, Stacee Jaxx, in W‘s June issue, which he also covers.

Here’s what the 49-year-old actor had to share with the mag:

On singing and dancing as a kid: “You know what? I did the scene from Risky Business around the house. I would sing Bob Seger — my mother worked, my sisters were out, and I’d turn the music up. I learned how to dance watching Soul Train. I noticed that if a guy could dance, he’d get a lot of attention and girls would want to dance with him. I worked very hard at imitating those moves.”

On musicals: “[My wife] Kate loves musicals. She sings and dances, and we kind of went through the history of musicals together. And Suri loved Hairspray. With kids, you watch everything over and over; I watched Hairspray 15 times with Suri. I thought Adam Shankman did a great job directing the movie, so I arranged to meet him and said, ‘Where’s our musical?’ He came back and said, Rock of Ages.’ We went and saw it in L.A., and for me … I didn’t know how to play the character like that. I had to find my own Stacee Jaxx.”

On preparing for the role: “I needed to find out if I could really sing! Ron [Anderson, formerly a vocal coach for Axl Rose] came in and worked with me. And then I had to learn how to play guitar. I’m very good at air guitar – and air drums – but I had never played an actual guitar. After working for weeks on Stacee’s technical skills, I was thinking about the character, and I said, ‘You know what? I need a monkey.’ Adam said, ‘What the f— are you talking about?’ And I said, ‘I’m serious – I need a monkey’ [laughs]. When Stacee’s not onstage, he’s kind of sad. And I thought, This guy has to have a monkey that’s his best friend. Adam found this baboon. He sent me the baboon’s audition tape, and I said, ‘The baboon’s name has to be Hey Man’ [laughs]. Stacee Jaxx doesn’t work without Hey Man.”

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Credit: Mario Sorrenti; Photos: W Magazine
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  • ROFLLLLLLLLLLL

    LOOOOOOOOOL ok

  • mel

    I bet he tried to get the Monkey into the scientology…

  • danielle

    Baboon? Takes one to know one.

  • RichardsonSusanne

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  • Hamed

    what a makeup! :P

  • 666

    AL JOLSON SINGS CAMPTOWN RACES!!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHHA LET’S PARTY!!!!!! HAHAHHA

    LOVE,
    RACE TIME!!!!!! HAHAHHA COMING OUT OF THE GATES OF HELL!!!!!! HAHAHHAHA

  • 666

    NAG!!!!!!!! NAG!!!!!!!! NAG!!!!!! HAHAHHAA ALL THE DAY LONG!!!!!! HAHAHAHA

    LOVE,
    OH!!!!! DOO DAH!!!!!!! DOO DAH!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHHAHA

  • roxy

    @RichardsonSusanne:

    does JJ have no money to get staff to moderate the idiots and website scams?

    I think Hey Man part will be funny. Cruise’s suggestions with Les Grossman character were hilarious.

  • 666

    THE DAY!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHHA

    LOVE,
    THE TIME!!!!!! AND THE PLACE!!!!!!! HAHAHAHA LET’S RACE U OLD HAG NAG!!!!!!! HAHAHHAHA

  • Message

    That picture of him with his tongue out might be the creepiest picture ever… Like, I wish I could un-see it!!!!!

  • 666

    HIS TONGUE IS A SMALL!!!!!! HAHAHHA

    LOVE,
    SLEAZY!!!!!!! HAHAHHA AND SO VERY EASY!!!!!!! HAHAHHA

  • 666

    LITTLE BIT!!!!!!!! HAHAHHA

    LOVE,
    LET’S ROCK AND ROLL!!!!!!! HAHAHAHA THE OLD GRAY MARE AIN’T WHAT SHE USE TO BE!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHA

  • roxy

    666 is losin’ it

  • interesting

    so he trained with kate

  • joel

    wow he looks so gay. Bet he loves this look and gayness.

  • Mosley

    Oh please get this nutcase off the streets!

  • MotleyC

    Oscar? I’m betting moneh on it

  • Charlie

    He is very handsome to be close to 50.

  • an opinion

    He has the worst abs I have ever seen. Not even sexy.

  • Susie#1

    It’s amazing what lots of money and plastic surgery will do for an old guy. Has he kept the monkey? They say that a man and his dog (monkey) grow to look alike.

  • d

    what are you talking about people, he is a very good actor, and he looks great for his age, stop the hating please

  • h8Free

    you know that saying? the more of a tragedy their life is – the more bitterness they have in their heart.

    world is full of hate and it is even more convenient when you are a keyboard chubber.

  • h8Free

    by the way The Last Samurai is a work of art.

  • Marie

    He looks awesome! The trailer look and sound great, too! Definitely going to see this one!

  • Ali

    Great look for him. I had no idea it was Tom Cruise.

  • http://verysexysexy sharyllee

    he is very dumb!!! ugly!! wont see his movie!!

  • Luiza

    I am the only one who thinks he looks hot?

  • Alexis

    Ugh, I just ate lunch.

  • Pretty Ka

    Woah! so much hate… ¿Why do people give him so much shit? Go spend your energy in campaigning against some dictator in Africa or some white supremacist group… yeez…

  • Drea

    The picture with his tongue out makes me nauseous for some reason!

  • someguy

    “That picture of him with his tongue out might be the creepiest picture ever… Like, I wish I could un-see it!!!!!

    /

  • someguy

    Hmm, wouldn’t print my cheers emoticon “\o/” but cheers to that comment.

    @Pretty Ka, L Ron Hubbard supported apartheid in South Africa so we pretty much are.

  • lucy

    Adam lambert

  • Jane

    Tom…darling…. you are too old and trying wayyy to hard in this. I think you are trying for an Oscar nomination for this one, and it is coming off comical. There is no way he is going to get high praise for this role.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/lindsaylohan LINDSAY LOHAN WILL WIN OSCAR

    Nice Go Tom! He is a hoot

  • Jenna

    Wow – what a match: weird guy in an even weirder movie!

  • LOL@idiots

    he will get an Oscar, I have seen the movie. The other performances are going have a tough time beating his “pour some sugar on me” stage performance. I freaked out.

    I’m in the tom cruise can do anything club now.

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