Adam Shankman, the openly gay director of Rock of Ages talked with The Hollywood Reporter about hearing Tom Cruise—who plays rock star Stacee Jaxx—croon for the very first time:
“The first time I heard him sing was before we formally agreed that we were going to go forward with this… He sounded amazing—and within one lesson his range broadened as he opened up. I opened the door, and I was like a 15-year-old girl, I was screaming and jumping up and down and going, ‘Oh my God this is going to work!’ ”
Jumping up and down like a certain Scientologist did on Oprah, perhaps?
Ages, which opens today, includes a nice little Easter egg for gay audiences, but Shankman spoke with Next magazine about how his sexuality informs his movies in general:
“There was one person who said in a gay publication, ‘You know, you didn’t have any gay characters in Wedding Planner,’ which was my first movie with Jennifer Lopez,” he recalls… “I was like, the whole set is pink! And have you seen Jennifer Lopez’s hair? The whole thing is like the gayest thing I’ve ever seen. I don’t address it necessarily in my work, because my work is all informed by it.”
We wonder if Tom Cruise will ever discuss how his, er, inner self, informs his art.