Rome, Italy :: Movie star Tom Cruise was in Rome to promote his latest blockbuster on Monday, but his main mission was to rush back home to his bride-to-be Katie Holmes and baby daughter and resume diaper duties. The 43-year-old told a news conference in Rome ahead of the world premiere of "Mission: Impossible III" that he would cut short the European promotional tour, which was also to have taken in Paris where he and Holmes were engaged 10 months ago. "It was everything that we wanted it to be and more," Cruise said of the birth last week of Suri. "It was really very spiritual." The Hollywood A-lister suggested that he wasn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. "I changed her first," he said. "I change diapers all the time. I have to tell you I love it. We have a whole system worked out. It’s the ‘B and B’ – she does the breast feeding and I do the burping and changing the diapers. It’s teamwork. It’s fun." (continued after the jump, pictures in the gallery!)
creeps up and very enthusiastically greets Mission: Impossible 3
co-star Philip Seymour Hoffman
Holla atcha boy, Jay-Z
! Tom Cruise
shouted you out, throwing up
the trademark Roc-a-fella Records hand sign. TEAM ROCAFELLA!
(continued before the jump) Cruise has two older children that he adopted during his marriage to actress Nicole Kidman — 13-year-old Isabella and 11-year-old Connor. Suri was his first biological child.
Cruise said he would be in Rome for eight hours, allowing him to attend the red carpet before the premiere, but would then fly back to the United States.
He was joined at the briefing by other stars from the film, including Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman who plays the arch-villain, a black-market arms dealer.
Mission: Impossible III is an adrenaline-packed two hours of death-dodging that sees the action star leaping from Shanghai skyscrapers and breaking into Vatican City.
Part of the film was shot in Rome, but the eternal city also has personal history for Cruise.
Rome was the city where Cruise and Holmes, known in tabloid shorthand as "TomKat," first made their romance public in late April 2005, smiling for photographers during the David di Donatello awards.
The following month, the twice-divorced Cruise made a manic, couch-hopping profession of love for Holmes on The Oprah Winfrey Show. The couple got engaged in Paris in June.
His whirlwind romance and public discussions of his belief in Scientology, the church founded by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, have also made Cruise the butt of countless jokes. — Reuters