Tom Cruise Bared Chest, Conjured Steve Perry for Rock of Ages Filming

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Tom Cruise fans were tickled pink while dressed all in black at the Hard Rock Casino yesterday during the six-hour filming of the final scene of his upcoming film, Rock of Ages. The rest of us nonfans were just working up the enthusiasm to cheer for a couch-hopper dressed sexily as rock 'n' roll hero Stacee Jaxx. 

Cruise and the fictitious band Arsenal joined Dancing With the Stars' Julianne Hough and Mexican actor and singer Diego Boneta onstage for a series of rowdy one-minute clips of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'." Cruise performed a solo clip of Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive" sans shirt. Our job, as extras, was to cheer loudly and wave the sign of the horns at Maverick doing his music thang onstage. When you're doing something like this, it's always a relief when you don't recognize anyone else in the crowd.
Though the call for extras brought us to Sun Life Stadium, upon arrival, about 400 of us -- not too different from a weekday Marlins crowd -- were told to leave their phones in their cars, get on school buses, and be driven through the rain to Hollywood (Florida, of course). Because we had no phones, we have no pictures. Don't worry; it'll look better on the big screen.

In the theater, there were both paid extras and the rest of us. The paid extras were fed hot food and dressed in cool, totally rock 'n' roll '80s outfits with big hair; they even appeared to be sprayed with something that looked like asbestos to make them glow all white and stuff. The rest of us were given Rock of Ages T-shirts and sat in the bleacher seats eating dry snacks. We kid. It wasn't as bad as all that. It was more like we didn't look as good and were 10,000 times as excited as they were, and only a handful of us got prizes -- while they got paychecks.  

The crowd was, not surprisingly, mostly women with big hair. It was very diverse and included people of all ages over 16. We were herded behind the fancy extras and told to stand elbow-length apart. Some of us were a little confused about the decade, sporting Pink Floyd T's. Wardrobe came around checking to make sure we were all dressed appropriately in black, handing out cut-up T's to the noncompliant. A crew member came bearing lighters to wave at the stage and burn our little mitts. 

Director Adam Shankman warmed us up a little, while Hough and Boneta walked about the stage, waving and taking photos. Everyone looked relaxed and like they were having a good time. A voice ordered everyone off stage, and out came the man himself, Mr. Cruise. 

The audience lost its shit. He was wearing a cowboy hat and an open, sleeveless, buttoned-down shirt. His chest was exposed, ladies. The flames on the guitar screamed Hollywood metal, woo-woo! A clip of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" played about five times, and Hough and Boneta came out back to back dancing across the set. They were the stars of this scene. The crowd went wild. Immediately, girls jumped on the shoulders of their dude friends and bodies were bouncing. It was incredible how everyone got into the song so quickly. Tom Cruise is no Steve Perry, but he did all right. He sang his songs for the movie, and even though outside of his role in Magnolia he makes us cringe, we have to admit, his voice ain't so bad. 

During an extended break, the guys and gals of the crew kept us busy with snacks and giveaways. Watching the light guys haul a bazillion pounds of metal onto the stage was really neat (nerd stuff). 

The most engaging and entertaining part for us extras was when the music producer, Adam Anders, who also works on Glee, and music supervisor Matt Sullivan conducted us through a singalong. All us regular folk sounded quite lovely as we sang a few lines from Journey and Jon Bon. We had to sing along during the "Wanted Dead or Alive" takes, and cheers to us. We were good.  

The lights turned red for the Bon Jovi portion of the filming, and can we say, people looked better in the dim room. Is that mean? For about 45 minutes, we just stood around like the antsy concert crowd we were. The film's choreographer ran through Cruise's moves onstage, and the choreographer was one smooth dude. It was clear Tom would't be able to replicate this guy's fluidity; this guy is a real dancer. When a topless, inked Cruise came out onstage, he actually straightened up the choreography and made it look like a less corny version of a successful hair band's act. He had some sort of a face or devil or heart tattooed on his left breast and angel wings on his back. Let's hope those aren't real. 

It was funny: No matter where we found ourselves, it was next to the other two least enthusiastic crowd members. Guess you won't see us on film. Every time Cruise did something actorly, it was hard not to be a mean old cynical eye roller, but the truth is, he's good at what he does. After the scene wrapped, the natives were restless. The crew was luring us to stay in the hopes of winning two Fender guitars signed by the stars in a raffle. After being there for five hours, it was time to go. So we handed our raffle ticket over to a young lady and hit the road. A crew member said there'd be an outdoor scene, but the rain threatened to squash that. We'll just have to wait and see what happens when the film comes out next June. 


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18 comments
MerryPeary
MerryPeary

 NO ONE is as Sexy as Steve Perry was on stage and NO ONE sings like THE VOICE!!! 

Cindy59_44883
Cindy59_44883

While I am not a fanatic of Tom Cruise, I think he is a very good actor and I think he did a great job in the movie. As a Steve Perry fanatic, I agree Tom Cruise is lacking. However, he wasnt suppose to be Steve Perry he was suppose to be Stacee Jaxs and he was. His voice is decent and I really enjoyed his portrayal very much. I dont care about his marriage or his religion, I care about his ability to act! If you are concerned about casting look at Julieane Hough, he voice is nothing special and her acting is questionable. She is a dancer not an actor or a singer! So why pick onTom and not her!?

Lisa in NZ
Lisa in NZ

Tom Cruise is no Steve Perry and Arnel Pineda is no Steve Perry either. No matter how much Neal Schon wishes he was!!!

Terrymcmillan
Terrymcmillan

I am not a Tom Cruise fan; in fact, I think he is highly overrated. However, I will see the movie because I love '80s music, particularly Journey. I am also curious to see how much Tom Cruise copied Steve Perry in his portrayal of the rock star, Stacee Jaxx. Nobody - but nobody - is sexier than Steve Perry was as an entertainer in his prime!!!!!!

Sharibluesrv
Sharibluesrv

To put Tom Cruise in the same breath as Steve Perry in a sin!!!

Carole St-onge
Carole St-onge

like hell no poor casting if you do this now come on dont tell me you cant find someone else better then that to portrait one of the best voice actualy the voice, i cant belive you will do this the fans are gagging at the thought of this please change your mind and fast

Gupper83
Gupper83

Steve Perry was the voice of Journey and continues to give the songs a voice through so many movies!! I love that, being a Steve Perry fan for years!! Perry on!!

birnam
birnam

Michele for a none cruise hater all you did in your comment is hate on cruise. It's a movie and not a concert, and therefore, calls for an actor. Voice lessons and editing will fix any problems or concerns you seem to have with his voice. 

Oscar Hungria
Oscar Hungria

I was there!!!!!! And it was great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Michele Wilbers
Michele Wilbers

I am sorry, I just can't praise this film or anything about it. I am not a Cruise hater but that part should have went to a real musician and a truly talented and gifted singer - not someone who warbles like Tom Cruise. Tom Cruise is not a singer, this entire thing is just entirely laughable. He took a job and movie role away from someone who really deserved to be in this film. Cruise should be ashamed of himself and the spectacle he made out of himself. Actually I do not feel that Liz was being cynical at all, and I doubt this movie will be that huge of a success because Cruise is in it.  The Broadway show is great - however - there are also great singers involved in it. It is fantastic, thank God Cruise isn't in it.

Adelante2000
Adelante2000

I saw the broadway show, this movie really really seems to be getting strong early critic and everyday Joe reviews. Even Cruise haters seemed to have to grudgingly pay props.

Info
Info

You're pretty Cynnical Liz. When this movie comes out and is a huge success, you'll be bragging up a storm for years to come that you were in it and in a Tom Cruise movie!

Kiki
Kiki

Yes because Tom Cruise has the legendary Friars Entertainment award and Perry never can. Not even honorary.

Gupper83
Gupper83

No one is Sexier on stage then, Steve Perry.

Mike Dukes
Mike Dukes

Cruise's role is kind of that of a rock god/ bad guy... by the end of the movie, I dont think the audience is supposed to still like him. Kind of smart since people are so 50/50 love/hate for him. I think it will be a great movie.

Lisa in NZ
Lisa in NZ

No one is sexier than Steve Perry my friend. Definitely not Tom Cruise lol!!!

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