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Tom Cruise claims he invented international movie press tours

Published 05/06/2014 | 11:52

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The idea to do speedy international tours came to Tom Cruise when he was filming Top Gun.

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The 51-year-old actor is best known for his action blockbusters, his most recent being Edge of Tomorrow. Tom and his co-star Emily Blunt took on a mammoth task for the film, attending premieres in Paris, London and New York in just one day.

These days it is expected for movie stars to attend events around the globe to promote their movies, and Tom insists the whole notion was his idea. It came to him after shooting his 1986 flick Top Gun and realising the four-month tour to promote got in the way of other ventures.

"We'd used to do these foreign tours and we'd spend weeks in one place. I love spending that time but I was working," Tom explained during an appearance on The Jimmy Kimmel Show.

Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow.
Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow.

"[Martin] Scorsese was editing The Color of Money. I remember an early draft of [1988 Oscar-winning movie Rain Man] and I was there in Paris and I thought - 'I want to make movies.' So that's when I kind of came up with the idea of doing a country in a couple of days.

"I like premieres. When I saw the old photos of the Grauman's Chinese [now TCL Chinese Theatre] and those wonderful premieres - I came up with the idea: Oh, let's have premieres in different countries and then do it that way."

Host Jimmy took a minute to take in what Tom had said before asking the actor: "You started that?"

"Yeah, I came up with that. It took me a few years to get it going," Tom replied.

With so many successful movies under his belt, the Hollywood star has taken part in dozens of press tours. His apparent initiative may be ground-breaking, but host Jimmy wondered whether others in the industry agree that it's a great way of putting a film out there.

"So all those other actors must want to kill you?" the presenter mused.

"I never thought of it that way, but probably," Tom laughed.

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