Martin Scorsese (Bangor Daily News – November 1986): The casting of Fast Eddie Nelson’s young protégé was crucial; the actor had to match the charismatic Newman. When Tom Cruise was proposed, Scorsese approved. He had met Cruise in 1983 and seen him in “All The Right Moves”. Cruise underwent heavy training for the pool shooting. “Every shot he does in the picture is real, except for a very difficult shot where the cue ball jumps over two other balls and hits the 9 in the pocket. He could’ve learned that in another few days, but we didn’t want to take the time,” the director said.
Francis Ford Coppola (Chicago Sun-Times – November 1997): “I really felt this Tom Cruise kid was gonna be incredible,” he said. “I don’t know him now, but he was such a hard-working kid. I mean, he’d do anything for his character and I understand even today when they work on films he’s extremely hard-working.”
Cameron Crowe in Premiere April 2005: ” He always says ‘I will not be able to make all the movies I want to make in my life, so I want to make each one matter’, so he has a whole life going on with every character in the movie. He is always living the part. It’s not, ‘Put the camera on me, I’m going to give you my compassionate mode’. Tom is never like that. Nor will he take glycerine in his eyes to cry- he’ll cry”.
Steven Spielberg in Premiere April 2005: “Tom just happens to burn brighter than most, and that’s before you even factor in how talented an actor he is”
Steven Spielberg: “Tom spreads a kind of team spirit to everyone involved,” Spielberg says admiringly. “I mean, this guy could win NBA championships if he coached any basketball team. He’s a total inspiration, let alone being a great actor.”
Dougray Scott talking about Tom:
- “Tom Cruise is a brilliant movie actor, someone that I’ve always rated very highly. He’s a lovely man, who just wants to be treated normally. I’m from Fife and that’s how we treat people.”
- “He is one of the loveliest guys in the world. Tom is a mate, a friend, and one of the most down-to-earth actors I have ever worked with.”
- “Poor guy. His life’s under scrutiny the entire time. I’m not aware of my status as a celebrity because I don’t think I am one.”
Dougray Scott talking about Tom in the MI 2 rock climbing scene: “You’ve got to take your hat off to him and say: ‘The guy’s a madman, but let’s admire him.’ He gets a thrill out of that stuff. He’s an adrenaline junkie.”
Comedian Jamie Foxx on his COLLATERAL co-star TOM CRUISE: “Whatever you do to TOM CRUISE, you’re not gonna make him ugly.”
Rosie O’Donnell: “I just want him (Tom Cruise) to wear Armani around the house and fetch me things.”
John Woo: “When he talks, he has so much energy it’s almost like he’s dancing. So I used that to choreograph his action scenes.”
Marshall Herskovitz, producer of TLS: “Tom has more energy than six people combined”
Steven Spielberg (Empire Magazine – August 2002): Tom doesn’t need to lay claim to an idea in order to try it for size. He’s very selfless as an actor.
Jamie Foxx (New Straits Times – August 2004):
- Q: Collateral is one of those thrillers that makes your palms sweat. It doesn’t let up. Was the mood very intense on set?
“Oh no, they were holding me back… I was laughing so much between takes, and that’s the cool thing about Tom Cruise. He just allows you to be fun and have a good time. I mean, he was as excited about making a movie as the rest of us. I’ll never forget, we were going to the set, like the first day, and he just started laughing. He said, ‘Foxx, can you believe it? We’re making a freaking movie, man, we’re making a movie.’”
- Q: And he’s been doing it for 20 years.
“Exactly. And he’s still excited about it and that’s why I dig him and I love him and tell you he’s the coolest. Not naming any names, but I’ve come across people who don’t want to share the screen because they’re the bigger star. They don’t want to let you act or do your thing. Tom is not like that. He’s generous.”
Simon Pegg (Total Film – May 2006): “I was genuinely taken with him. I thought he was a really great guy. Very very easy-going. He was just really cool, very welcoming on-set to me”
Maggie Q (Coming Soon Net – March 21st 2006): “He’s really a great guy, and he’s a generous person to work with, and you couldn’t ask for a better co-star. He treats everyone as his equal, and I appreciate that a lot, because we’re lucky to be here”
J.J Abrams (First – April 2006): “Working with Tom is amazing. He has an incredible insight”.
Ving Rhames (The Sidney Morning Herald – April 2006): Ving Rhames, the burly actor who has appeared in all three M:I films as Ethan Hunt’s loyal buddy, says: “I read about [the tent] on War of the Worlds. I haven’t come across anything like that. Tom Cruise is a total professional and a joy to work with. We don’t talk about religion. We never have.”
Rochelle Slovin, Museum of the Moving Image Director (Contactmusic.com – July 2007): Slovin says, “Tom Cruise is one of the premier American actors of his generation. Working with the great directors of our time – (including) Francis Ford Coppola, Stanley Kubrick, Sydney Pollack, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and now Robert Redford – Cruise has given us indelible characters and performances.”
Thomas Schuttoff (Sawfnews.com – August 2007): The Mission Impossible star’s exceptional handling of the double-decker plane earned him outstanding marks and praises from co-pilot Thomas Schuttoff, director of the Berlin-based pilot training school, Tempelhof Aviators. “There are pilots who can fly a plane. But Tom Cruise has the soul of flyer. I saw that right from the start,” People quoted Schuttoff, as telling Germany’s Bild newspaper.
Carice van Houten (The Boston Globe – December 2008): “He’s so professional,” says van Houten, “He knows everything. If you would ask him how big a camera is, he would tell you right down to the inch. Most co-stars I know are just eating a sandwich! He likes to learn things. He likes challenges. He’s not afraid to throw himself into something. And if he’s stupid, he’ll say, ‘OK, I fouled up.'”
Michelle Monaghan (E! Online – March 2011): Although Monaghan will not be reprising her M:I3 role in the upcoming action flick, she’s still excited for the film. “I’m always excited when I see Tom!” she gushed. “He was a friend of mine who’s an amazing actor. This [film] won’t be short of great action and great surprises.”
Rob Lowe (“Stories I Only Tell My Friends” by Rob Lowe – 2011): During the first round of auditions in Los Angeles, Lowe writes of meeting Cruise, then a houseguest of the Sheens: “He’s open, friendly, funny, and has an almost robotic, bloodless focus and an intensity that I’ve never encountered before.” In New York for the second round of auditions, Lowe finds that Cruise is “already showing traits that will make him famous; he’s zeroed in like a laser.”
Adam Shankman (TheWrap.com – April 2011): “He’s been studying with — seriously — Axl Rose’s voice teacher like five hours a day,” Shankman told TheWrap Thursday. “The prognosis is more than excellent.” The director said that he heard Cruise sing at the actor’s house. “That was a big moment,” he said. “That voice lesson where he opened up and suddenly let loose and was really great. The two of us in concert breathed a collective sigh of relief to the tune of dancing around his living room.”
Adam Shankman (Entertainment Weekly – April 2011): “Here’s the thing about Tom Cruise: I knew in my heart he would never put himself in harm’s way about taking on a part if he didn’t think he could deliver. So it wasn’t until our first go around with his voice lesson that we sort of looked at each other and went, “This is gonna work!” And we were basically dancing around the living room and high-fiving each other because he actually has a fantastic voice. His grandfather or his great-grandfather was an opera singer, so apparently he’s genetically predisposed for this sort of thing. He’s having the time of his life and he is so grateful in a strange way that I even thought of him for this, because this is so outside of what he does. He is going to create an incredibly indelible character, because I told him this needs to be so far out there that it’s startling.” “The truth of the matter is, he knows he’s part of an ensemble. But he’s the driving force — it’s almost like he’s more into it than me. When he commits to something, it’s a commitment level I’ve never seen: He’s singing five hours a day; he’s gonna start doing rock-star boot camp. It’s crazy. And that’s following Mission: Impossible.”