Last month we got our first look at the first movie poster for the upcoming big screen adaptation of the Broadway musical Rock of Ages. Today we get to see RoA star Tom Cruise in character as Stacee Jaxx on the cover of the new issue of W magazine. As you can see below, Cruise is channeling his inner rock god by going tattooed, shirtless and bathed in groupies for his coverphoto and … I have to say … it’s kind of a good look for him.
It’s a long way from his days of dancing around in gym socks and a dress shirt in “Risky Business.”
Nearly 30 years after his iconic lip-synching scene in the 1983 comedy, Tom Cruise is back behind the mike in the upcoming film “Rock of Ages ” and omg! has gotten an exclusive sneak peek at the 49-year-old in character on the cover of W magazine’s June issue. In the pic, Cruise — who plays the sleazy, womanizing rocker Stacee Jaxx in the film adaptation of the kitschy ’80s-themed Broadway musical — shows off his chiseled chest temporarily covered in over-the-top tattoos. The actor also dons nail polish, chunky silver jewelry, bedazzled jeans, and even eye makeup as two scantily clad “groupies” can’t keep their well-manicured hands off him. And no, neither gal looks anything like Katie Holmes. “I knew we had to push the sexuality because of the nature of the character and the songs,” Cruise tells W of his character. “He’s singing, ‘I want to know what love is.’” The movie, which premieres next month, has a super star-studded ensemble cast including Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Giamatti, Russell Brand, Julianne Hough, Bryan Cranston, and, of course, Tom’s pecs.
I like this cover, yes … it’s fun, it’s cheeky, it’s cheesy. BUT, I have to say … I’m a bit concerned about how the movie version of Rock of Ages appears to differ from the Broadway version of the story. In the musical, Stacee Jaxx isn’t a major, main character. He has some great scenes, yes, but I wouldn’t call him the star of the show. In everything we’ve seen thus far about the movie version of Rock of Ages, he looks like the main character of the story. I’m not sure how I feel about that. We’ll have to see how the film turns out before we jump to conclusions but … if the promo for the film is to be believed, Tom Cruise‘s Stacee Jaxx character is the STAR of Rock of Ages. I’m not sure that that’s entirely a good thing.