Thursday 27 November 2014

When Tubs met 'cousin' Tom

Published 05/04/2013 | 09:20

Ryan Tubridy with Tom Cruise on The Late Late Show
Ryan Tubridy with Tom Cruise on The Late Late Show
Ryan Tubridy with Tom Cruise and Olga Kurylenko
Ryan Tubridy with Tom Cruise and Olga Kurylenko

Tom Cruise reveals his excitement at discovering his Irish ancestry and says he is at "home" in Ireland.

Tom Cruise's visit to Dublin was undoubtedly the most high-profile of the year, and there was no way that Ryan Tubridy would miss the chance to meet his "cousin" in the flesh.

The Late Late Show host pre-recorded a special interview with Cruise and his Oblivion co-star Olga Kurylenko for tonight's programme, and the duo joked about everything from having Christmas dinner together after discovering they are distantly related...to Tom's Irish accent.

"It's fine," he insisted when Ryan enquired about his ability to adopt a brogue. While critics of Far and Away may disagree, the superstar actor has had plenty of time to practivc.

Yvonne Keating, Bressie and Susan Loughnane were just some of the Irish stars on the Oblivion red carpet last night.
Yvonne Keating, Bressie and Susan Loughnane were just some of the Irish stars on the Oblivion red carpet last night.
Olga Kurylenko & Liam Cunningham (Pictures: VIPIRELAND.COM/Pictures: VIPIRELAND.COM)
Pat Kenny & daughter Kristina Kenny (Pictures: VIPIRELAND.COM/Pictures: VIPIRELAND.COM)
Aisling O'Loughlin and Sybil Mulcahy (Pictures: VIPIRELAND.COM/Pictures: VIPIRELAND.COM)
Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski (Pictures: VIPIRELAND.COM/Pictures: VIPIRELAND.COM)
Glenda Gilson and Rob McNaughton (Pictures: VIPIRELAND.COM/Pictures: VIPIRELAND.COM)
Bressie (Pictures: VIPIRELAND.COM/Pictures: VIPIRELAND.COM)
Cecelia Ahern & David Keoghan (Pictures: VIPIRELAND.COM/Pictures: VIPIRELAND.COM)
Yvonne Keating and daughter Missy Keating (Pictures: VIPIRELAND.COM/Pictures: VIPIRELAND.COM)
Susan Loughnane (Pictures: VIPIRELAND.COM/Pictures: VIPIRELAND.COM)
Charlie Murphy (Pictures: VIPIRELAND.COM/Pictures: VIPIRELAND.COM)
Aoibhinn McGinnity and Charlie Murphy (Pictures: VIPIRELAND.COM/Pictures: VIPIRELAND.COM)
Diana Bunici (Pictures: VIPIRELAND.COM/Pictures: VIPIRELAND.COM)
Darren Kennedy (Pictures: VIPIRELAND.COM/Pictures: VIPIRELAND.COM)
Karen Koster (Pictures: VIPIRELAND.COM/Pictures: VIPIRELAND.COM)
Lisa Cannon (Pictures: VIPIRELAND.COM/Pictures: VIPIRELAND.COM)

And the millionaire movie star was clearly on a high after visiting the Guinness Storehouse, as well as being given a certificate of ancestry acknowledging his Irish heritage.

"It was the most amazing morning," he explained. "I found out my family owned all this land and they were Famine heroes. They originally came from Dublin.

"It's great to be back...I'm home."

Tom, who was staying at the plush Merrion hotel during his whirwind promotional trip to Ireland, said he was thrilled with the way the movie turned out.

"The film is so cool," he said. "Director Joe Kosinki's vision is so cool, it's stuff you haven't seen. We shot in Iceland, in California, in New York City.

"The film has a real romantic element to it as well as the action. The story itself, what I love is that it has these incredibly surprising moments. It's a fascinating story."

And former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko, who plays Tom's love interest in the movie, added that she her nerves hit an all-time high during filming.

"Well, it was like being in a rollercoaster/washing machine," she joked. "Let's put it this way, I was grabbing Tom's hand all the time."

Tom Cruise's Late Late Show interview will air tonight on RTE One.

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