Exclusive New Look At Tom Cruise In American Made
The new issue of Empire magazine, on sale this Thursday, features the usual deluge of movie world exclusives – among them, this never-before-seen look at one Thomas Cruise Mapother IV, aka Tom Cruise, in his forthcoming crime thriller American Made. Take a look, and click to embiggen.
The new movie is something of a departure for The Cruiser: a (relatively) smaller story about Barry Seal, a real-life unlikely drug smuggler working for the CIA, no world-invading aliens in sight. But as his director Doug Liman explains in the new Empire, despite a smaller scale than their last collaboration in Edge Of Tomorrow, this is no quiet affair.
“Neither Tom nor I were interested in making a dry biopic,” says Liman. “Barry’s second wife collaborated and opened her files, but we cherry-picked the details we liked; Tom and I wanted to create our own version of Barry Seal. For us it was how to tell the most exciting story.”
Shooting the movie was a gonzo adventure in itself. Cruise is famed for his DIY stunts, and American Made offered him a rare chance to fly a plane solo on film for real. The idea gave producers heart palpitations, but Cruise and Liman got their way. “We had to go to some exotic locations in South America,” chuckles Liman. “We flew three hours across uninhabited rainforest to a Colombian military airstrip at the edge of rebel-controlled territory. It was so remote that Tom and I slept in tents and foraged for wood to make camp fires at night.”
For more on American Made, be sure to pick up a copy of the new issue of Empire, on sale in all good and evil newsagents from Thursday. If you were an Empire subscriber, of course, you'd already have your copy, days before the shops get any, with an exclusive limited edition cover to boot. Subscribe to Empire here and join that illustrious club.