File this one under: I have no idea if he’ll say yes, but it’s a fun idea. I’m told New Line has offered Tom Cruise a supporting role in Rock of Ages, the movie version of the hit Broadway musical. Cruise has been asked to play a bartender, and he would get to belt out a bunch of 80s hair band tunes. Cruise has started work reprising his Ethan Hunt role in a fourth installment of Mission: Impossible. And while I’m on the topic of Cruise, it’s worth nothing that by the time Knight and Day completes its run in Japan, the film will wind up grossing better than $264 million worldwide. Because the picture did only around $76 million domestic, Cruise and Cameron Diaz got a pretty good drubbing. But the number is comparable to films like the Adam Sandler comedy Grown Ups, which was considered a summer hit. That film had a strong opening weekend and did most of its business domestic, but Knight and Day did better overseas. That overseas launch came later because of the World Cup.
I’ve heard that Cruise has always wanted to do a musical, but can he sing? Only time I can remember him trying onscreen was his macho barroom version of You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ in Top Gun. Relive the memory, below: