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Old 09-01-2021, 12:14 PM
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Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman Appreciation #1: "We would go-kart race at 3am" after Eyes Wide Shut scenes [Nicole]



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Nicole Kidman doesn't want you reading into her Eyes Wide Shut monologue




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Okay here we go

My favorite performance of Tom -- LESTAT in Interview With The Vampire (1994)



My favorite performance of Nicole -- GILLIAN in Practical Magic (1998)

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A bunch of clips (does a 90s movie really need to have a spoiler warning? ) of Tom and Nicole's scenes in Days of Thunder, set to the love theme of the movie 'Show Me Heaven' by Maria McKee -

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This is a must read: Anne Rice's glowing evaluation of Tom Cruise's magnetic performance in Interview With The Vampire [source = AngelFire]

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ANNE RICE ON TOM CRUISE: "From the moment he appeared Tom was Lestat for me. He has the immense physical and moral presence; he was defiant and yet never without conscience; he was beautiful beyond description yet compelled to do cruel things. The sheer beauty of Tom was dazzling, but the polish of his acting, his flawless plunge into the Lestat persona, his ability to speak rather boldly poetic lines, and speak them with seeming ease and conviction were exhilarating and uplifting. The guy is great.

I'm no good at modesty. I like to believe Tom's Lestat will be remembered the way Olivier's Hamlet is remembered. Others may play the role some day but no one will ever forget Tom's version of it.

(Let me say here that anyone who thinks I did an "about face" on Tom just doesn't know the facts. My objections to his casting were based on familiarity with his work, which I loved. Many many great actors have been miscast in films and have failed to make it work. I don't have to mention them here. Why hurt anyone by mentioning the disaster of his career? But we've seen big stars stumble over and over when they attempt something beyond their reach.

That Tom DID make Lestat work was something I could not see in a crystal ball. It's to his credit that he proved me wrong. But the general objections to the casting? They were made on solid ground. Enough on that subject. Tom is a great actor. Tom wants challenges. Tom has now transcended the label of biggest box office star in the world. He's better.)

Favorite moments with Tom:

Tom's initial attack on Louis, taking him up into the air, praised by Caryn James so well in the New York Times. Ah! An incredibly daring scene. The finest romantic scene in any film, and here please read the word romance as an old and venerable word for timeless artistic forms of poetry, novels and film.

Tom's bedside seduction of the dying Louis, in which he offers Louis the Dark Gift. Once again, Tom gave Lestat the virility and the androgyny that made both him and the offer irresistible. He was near blinding. I would have accepted the Dark Gift from him then and there. Only an actor with complete confidence and conviction could have done that scene or any of the others.

Tom's angry outburst in the face of Louis' repeated questions. His stride, his voice both loud and soft, his frustration, his obvious discomfort, and inner conflict. Once again, Tom took over the screen, the theatre, the mind of the viewer. Immense power.

Tom riding his horse through the slaves' fire, and then turning the horse around so that he could face the suspicious mortals. That was on a par with Errol Flynn and Rudy Valentino. It was on a par with the opera greats who have played Mephistopheles. Only a genuine "star" can make a moment like that, and I'm as confused as to why...just as much as anyone in Hollywood. Let's close this one out with one word: Grand! (No, can't stop talking about it.)

If I had to settle for one picture in this film, it would be that shot of Lestat on horseback looking back at the suspicious mortals.

That was and is my hero. That was and is my man.
Lestat just won't be afraid of anybody. He won't stand for it. He hates what he is as much as Louis, but he cannot do anything but move forward, attempt to make existence worth it, attempt to create. He knows the formula for success, and has no patience with the formula for failure. That's Lestat.

Tom's rage and obvious pain in the scene with the bleeding wench and the coffin, one scene from the book which I did not include in my script. it was probably put in by Neil Jordan. If Tom had not given so much depth to this scene, it might have been unwatchable. His desperation, his vulnerability, made it work, and he made himself in it the worthy object of compassion. No small feat! I found the scene, otherwise, to be disgusting.

The shot of Tom looking through the green shutters, and the falling rain knowing that Louis is somewhere out in the night. This was a gorgeous and eloquent shot. Again, it was the actor who gave it the depth in all the subtle ways that only he can do.

Tom's making of Claudia, and here I want to praise the entire trio...Tom , Kirsten, Brad... The scene is directed delicately and captures the intimacy, the blasphemy and the undeniable innocence and blundering of the human who has a supernatural gift to give and in his pain and confusion, chooses to give it, come what may. That's a scene for now, for our world of scientific and medical miracles, as much as any scene in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and Tom pulled it off right to the last second.

Later, Tom's confusion when after bringing Claudia a doll, he sees Claudia turn on him. About half of what I wrote for this scene in the script, or less, made it into the film, and I liked what I saw very much. I wish they'd gone on with the version of this scene that is in QUEEN OF THE DAMNED (see Jesse's discovery of Claudia's diary, and the entry describing what happened), but alas, what they did was great.

Tom's manner and expression on the dangerous night that Claudia comes to him and offers him her "reconciling gift." Close in on those two at the harpsichord. Tom is seated, I believe. Kirsten is behind him and apparently offers him the acceptance he needs so desperately. Scenes like this, with Tom, make this film work.

Every humorous scene Tom attempted was a complete success. The rat and the glass, I adored it. The humor added apparently by Neil Jordan -- the poodles, the piano teacher hitting the keyboard, the dressmaker biting the dust...well, I didn't adore all that, but Tom carried it off with true wit and style. And yes, its all right to laugh at those parts. We do every time we go to see the movie.

There are many other great Tom Cruise moments throughout the film. Many. But these are the ones I cherish now.

The readers calling me desperately want Tom to play THE VAMPIRE LESTAT. I hope he does. I hope I get to write the script for the movie. Tom's power, knowledge, skill, magnetism and artistic integrity are part and parcel of the success of IWTV, and there is no doubt that Tom would bring power and magic to TVL.

(Let me digress again. For those of you who haven't read TVL, it is not really a sequel to IWTV. It's a complete full novel on its own, beginning the Vampire Chronicles. IWTV was the truly difficult film to make. TVL will take commitment, money and immense faith as well as talent, but compared to IWTV, it is much, much easier to film. Lestat is the true hero of TVL. He is entirely sympathetic. The trick, I think, will be achieving a texture in that film that includes all of Lestat's adventures...from the snows of the Auvergne, to the boulevards of Paris, through the sands of Egypt, and through the visit to Marius' sanctuary, and on to the twentieth century rock music stage. The tales of Armand and of Marius all also excursions for Lestat essentially. I hope Tom makes the journey.)

One point: I am puzzled by what seems to be a discrepancy between the way Tom played Lestat, and the way my hero, Producer David Geffen, and others have described Lestat as a character. Did Tom on his own make this role a little bigger, brighter and more complex than anyone else realized it could be? I don't know. David Geffen called Lestat "nasty" when he was interviewed by Barbara Walters. Nasty? I don't get it. But David Geffen is my hero for getting this film made. No one else could have done it. So why quibble about what David said?

There is one problem created by the compelling charm of Tom's performance, obviously. Since he isn't all that nasty, why does Louis hate Lestat? How can he? Well, I'll take that problem any day over a more shallow solution. Tom hits the right note. And Louis was Louis. Nothing could comfort Louis. The film got it."

- A much longer statement dated January 3, 1995, which was published as a separate booklet in Variety, was bound to be given away free at the Garden District Bookstore in New Orleans and was published in the Anne Rice Vampire Lestat Fan Club Newsletter.
It's just so refreshing to see an author submit a lengthy 'Why I Was Wrong About [Insert Actor's Name]' statement because Rice was clearly relieved that Tom went to great lengths to prove that he was worthy of being cast in this role that meant so much to Rice and her readers.

Read the whole thing and you'll see how much she loved him in the movie by how many of his scenes remain clear in her memory. I put the key parts of the statement in bold type - yes, there are many.
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I agree with Anne Rice that the scene where Claudia comes to appeal to Lestat's better nature (by way of luring him into a trap) was brilliantly acted by Tom Cruise. You completely understand in those moments Lestat's desperation to be part of a family, and his words to her - though they may sound cruel - are fueled by his starvation and a desire to cover up exactly how much Claudia and Louis both mean to him.

There's such a subtle shift in his acting to denote how his cruelty to her is a total lie, which becomes obvious by how he suddenly appears sad and grabs her arm for comfort.

I've always thought it's a shame that Claudia wasn't being genuine with him in that scene, because the REAL Lestat was beginning to shine through with her in those moments. Unfortunately, she's had enough of being treated like a kid and violently lashes out at him. Still, I remember it for Tom Cruise's choice to portray a rare vulnerability in Lestat - he wants Claudia to be tender with him, he just never had the guts to actually say it.

That said, you could argue he does when he asks her "so we forgive each other, then?" It's actually quite heartbreaking because the trio are about to implode.
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This was the cutest scene in Interview With The Vampire and really proved that Lestat did indeed love Claudia... Too bad she was already hell-bent on revenge -



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Nicole looked ethereal in this movie and I remember Moulin Rouge getting so much promo when I was in school. Lovely romantic poster here ~

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I love this

Brad meeting up with his old cast mate Tom (and Nicole pictured with them) at the EYES WIDE SHUT premiere

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I always remember the rumors that Brad didn't like the filming process of Interview With The Vampire because he felt like a loner and his character Louis was so miserable.

I'm sorry but did he really not understand what he signed up for? Cannot stand actors being stuck-up or bratty when you know you're getting the paycheck no matter what.

I did prefer Tom's Lestat and you can tell he really enjoyed it all, but it's undeniable that Brad's Louis was the perfect balance to that level of energy.
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I've been watching NINE PERFECT STRANGERS (the Amazon series based on the Liane Moriarty book) and Nicole is surprisingly good in the lead role. I wasn't sure at first because her Russian accent took time to get used to but she definitely gives off that sad / strange cult leader vibe that works perfectly for the show.
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The elephant set in MOULIN ROUGE! was so beautifully designed

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I thought Nicole was really good in that scene where Satine visits Christian, pretending she isn't in love with him.

When she turns around so he can't see that she's about to cough up blood, it's powerful stuff.
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interview with Kirsten Dunst where she confirms that Tom is the main reason why she was cast as Claudia! "He rooted for me // we're both from New Jersey"

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Tom Cruise gives one of his greatest performances in Vanilla Sky.

Something about that movie reminds me of The Truman Show, with Tom's character being taken advantage of, whilst yearning to start over and then given a life-changing ultimatum in the final act.
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The Elephant was a beautiful setting in Moulin Rouge! ~

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