File this under “things that make us feel weird inside”: Tom Cruise’s crazyass W spread has just been released in its entirety. Photographed by Mario Sorrenti, the shoot sees Cruise, in character as an aging rock god for his upcoming role in the big screen adaptation of Rock of Ages, getting wasted in a dingy hotel room. Along for the raunchy ride are requisite model band-aids Abbey Lee Kershaw and Edita Vilkeviciute, each looking equally roughed up and competing with Cruise for most nip-slips per shot.
Regarding the nearly 50-year-old Cruise’s Rock of Ages get-up, W‘s Lynn Herschberg writes, “if he didn’t approach the role with sincerity and intensity, Cruise could easily look like a joke.” Guess we’ll have to see the movie to judge Cruises’s believability for ourselves, because while we admit Suri’s dad really looks insanely fit for his age, it’s been a good ten years since he’s been considered much of a sex symbol. And that nipple tattoo? We’ll just say, we’re glad it’s temporary.
When asked whether he wanted to show something ‘intimate’ in this new role, Cruise replied,”Yes. Uncomfortable and funny: That was the goal.” Which we think pretty much sums up our feelings about this spread.
Does Tom pull off the whole rock god thing, or do you wish he’d put those nips away?
All photos: Mario Sorrento for W