Def Leppard praises Tom Cruise's singing
Tom Cruise's singing in 'Rock of Ages' has been given the thumbs up by rock band Def Leppard.
The actor's character, Stacee Jaxx, sings the 80s group's Pour Some Sugar on Me in the musical film, and they were surprised at how quickly he had picked up his singing skills when they turned up to filming in Florida.
Singer Joe Elliott said: "It was pretty surreal, actually. We just walked into this little seedy club in Fort Lauderdale, and there up on stage is Stacee Jaxx doing 'Sugar.' It's like, 'What is this?' It's nuts."
When asked what they thought of his performance, bass player Rick Savage said: "His voice was good."
Elliott added: "We were talking to him between takes, he said, 'What do you think?' I said, 'Can you sing?'
"He said, 'No, I started like four or five months ago, just a couple of hours a day.'
"He had other movies he was shooting, so it was like a part-time thing. I'm thinking, 'Wow. If he's got that good in four or five months, that's much better than half the people on some of these talent shows.'"
Earlier this week, Cruise revealed that he took home a memento from his time playing the rock star for the film – a bejewelled, dragon-shaped codpiece, used in a scene where he beds two women, for his wife Katie Holmes.
When asked how she reacted to being presented with such an interesting souvenir, he said: "She laughed. It's hilarious."