Tom Cruise Talks “Rock of Ages”

Posted Monday June 11, 2012 2:30 PM GMT

He plays a rock star in the forthcoming flick “Rock of Ages,” and Tom Cruise told Ryan Seacrest that everything about the experience was different than his past jobs.

For instance, the “Top Gun” stud shared that his daughter Suri was thrown off a bit by seeing her father in full-on Stacee Jaxx gear.

“When I had the eyeliner on, and the painted nails. She was a little taken aback by that. She was like, ‘What is happening to my daddy?’ She goes to Kate’s set and there’s the hair and the makeup and it’s a very nice set. Then Suri comes to my sets and she’s got to wear a hard helmet and there’s explosions going off and Dad’s all bloody and bruised!”

When it came to creating Stacee Jaxx, “I just kind of went around and picked a bunch of different things, then we had to find out what worked for this character. We were just playing around with what is the Stacee Jaxx walk, and what is the frame, and I just kept moving. I’m not a dancer…I had a lot of help and a lot of training. The guns that go down below the belt, the pistols, dragon tattoos and all that stuff. It’s just kind of what works, you just kind of instinctually find how it evolves and what works for the character. I wanted to play it real, but also we needed the comedy, because he’s got to be outrageous, yet I wanted to play it totally straight and have these different moments that evolve.”

As for pre-production preparation to play a rock star, Tom noted, “There a certain trends with the headband and different things, where you go that’s the 80s style, but in preparing for it I looked at the books that Adam Shankman gave me from the 80s. I worked with Justin Theroux and I also called Cameron Crowe. I just wanted to kind of look at the history of rock and roll and I read the Led Zeppelin biographies, the Motley Crues of that time, the books on rock and roll, the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards. I was just trying to immerse myself in the rock and roll world, and just kind of see what their lives are like.”