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Tom Cruise Offered a Supporting Role in Musical 'Rock of Ages'

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October 27, 2010
Source: Deadline

Tom Cruise as Les Grossman

After bringing a lot of laughs to Tropic Thunder as fictional super-producer Les Grossman (who might still get his own film sometime down the road), it looks like Tom Cruise could go from yelling at the top of his lungs, to singing his heart out. At least that might happen as Deadline reports an offer is out to Cruise for a supporting role in Adam Shankman's film adaptation of the Broadway musical Rock of Ages. Apparently his role would be that of a bartender who gets to rock out to a slew of classic 80's songs from all the best hair bands of the time. Though he has to say yes first, there may be even more skepticism in his casting. Read on!

Does anyone know whether Tom Cruise can really sing well enough to take a role in a musical? Sure he threw his voice around at the bar in Top Gun, and sang a Beach Boys inspired lullaby to Dakota Fanning in War of the Worlds but has he ever done anything more than that? Likely the driving force behind the role is his work from Cocktail, and while the prospect of Cruise taking on a role like that for nostalgia's sake is a fun idea, the guy has to be able to sing. For now this is all up in the air since he's only been offered the role, but the prospect sounds like a hell of a lot of fun, especially if he gets to belt out a rendition of Living on a Prayer by Bon Jovi. What do you think?

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  • Xerxex
    I think he'll do just fine in a musical, especially as Les Grossman.
  • I think he could do it. His best roles seem to be when he takes on a challenge like this and with auto-tune, just about anybody can sing. Would anyone have thought Cruise could pull off a role like Les Grossman? No, but he not only nailed the movie but he also brought it live at the MTV Movie Awards this year in a dance off between Grossman and J-Lo. If he decides to do it, I'd be willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
  • Am I the only one who didn't like him in Tropic Thunder? I definitely think he can pull off the funny, but I thought that cameo was lame.
  • Voice of Reason
    Bill Heder needs to be there to add to Grossman
  • #3 Hated him. Not excited about this.

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