Tom Cruise’s latest turn as ’80s musician Stacee Jaxx in the just released Rock of Ages really required the actor to play outside of his usual good guy/hero schtick. Jaxx is a tattooed, womanizing, drug-addled rock god who–are you ready for the best part?–wears a codpiece.
And not just any old codpiece either. Rock stars can’t just purchase their codpieces in Provincetown like everyone else, now can they? No. They can’t. This codpiece was custom made by ‘script-specific prop’-maker Doug Wright. The actual ‘piece,’ which sounds more like a Damien Hirst piece than codpiece, is a devil’s skull, bedazzled with rhinestones, metal studs, silver leaf, and a ruby-rhinestone encrusted tongue. All mounted on a leather jockstrap. Sexy.