Tom Cruise rose to fame by singing You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ in Top Gun — and now his career has come full circle as he will be wailing out the ’80s power ballads in the big-screen adaptation of Rock of Ages.
Tom Cruise posted this photo of himself as his Rock of Ages character, Stacee Jaxx, on his website. Check out his long hair and tattoos!
“His character has elements of Axl Rose, Keith Richards and Bret Michaels,” director Adam Shankman tells USA Today.
So we know Cruise looks the part — but can he sing? Shankman said Cruise first caught his eye by playing the hilarious and over-the-top alter ego of Les Grossman on MTV — and put him to the test with some vocal coaching.
“I thought, who better to play the biggest rock god in the world but the biggest movie star in the world? He has a huge voice.”
Shankman goes on to tell EW that his grandfather was an opera singer so he is “genetically predisposed” to sing.
We know he can dance and slide in his underwear (ahem, Risky Business) — but can he really dance?
“Does Tom dance? Let me put it this way. He is dancing so much, we are all exhausted and laying down on the floor. He is dancing us into the ground. I’ve never seen someone who wants to rehearse more,” Shankman said.