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KNIGHT AND DAY

Tom And Cameron
Roy Miller is a spy whose mission is unexpectedly detoured by his brush with ordinary love. Cruise, an actor of a very rare breed who mixes iconic action hero roles with finely tuned character portrayals, brings unexpected dimensions to the film's twist on a classic movie character. His work as Roy Miller leaves audiences to wonder, just who is this guy, really? Roy had to come off alternately as hero or anti-hero, a framed agent or a seductive traitor – or as a man so in love he's ready to make a 180- degree turn in his life. "When we first meet Roy, he's an enigma, and you don't know if he's good or bad, what he's up to or why,” says Mangold. "And with Tom you have somebody who instantly brings the credibility of being an action icon, yet who also has the ability to lighten up and reveal that Roy Miller is changing.”

Adds Cathy Konrad: "Tom gets to the sense of longing just beneath the surface of Roy. He's endearing and charming, yet he keeps people wondering what he's all about until the last minute.”

Cruise has come to define the suave, bold, quick-witted action hero in contemporary movies – in roles ranging from Top Gun to the hugely popular Mission: Impossible series – while at the same time earning three Academy Award® nominations for emotionally complex dramatic roles in Magnolia, Jerry Maguire and Born on the Fourth of July. He was thrilled to now have a chance to playfully upend just the kind of debonair, unflappable hero audiences expect him to evoke. From the minute he came onto the project, his motto was "Make it fun and make it cool.”

"I couldn't wait to make this movie,” sums up Cruise. "Knight and Day sweeps you into this grand adventure and love story – and we did everything we could to make it non-stop, unpredictable fun. I think Jim [Mangold] is a terrific storyteller and I really wanted to work with him and Cameron on this.”

A large part of the attraction lay in the way Cruise's consummate action hero is suddenly shaken -- not by the dangers of his mission or the sheer numbers of people after him, but by his own heart when he meets June. Cruise enjoyed the idea that the start of Roy and June's rapid-fire romance isn't like any other, but that their relationship has much in common with every love story.

Cruise explains: "Inside this wild plot, these two characters each have a dream of what might come true ‘someday.' But then they begin to see that this dream can actually be fulfilled. I think it's something audiences will relate to. Every couple has a story about how they met – it's just that Roy and June have a truly extraordinary tale behind the start of their relationship. Roy and June have the same dilemmas everyone always has in love – can I really trust this person? And who are they really? – but Roy and June's comes with higher stakes. The fun lies in how their relationship builds as the excitement around them mounts. That romantic tension in every scene made it some of the most intriguing action I've ever done.”

Key to crafting that romantic tension was Cruise's long-awaited reunion with Cameron Diaz, with whom he previously starred in the suspense-fantasy Vanilla Sky. "As soon as we took on these roles, I could not wait to see what Cameron was going to do with her character. I always wanted to make this kind of movie with Cameron,” he says. "I was really excited about it because I enjoy her work in action movies. She's talented, funny, athletic and a great actress, and this was such a winning character, I knew she'd give a winning performance.”

Their chemistry began simmering from the first day on the set. "The repartee between us was just like boom-boom-boom,” says Cruise. "Cameron's style of humor is unique and I love the way she can mix physical comedy with a really authentic feeling of romance.”

For Cruise, action is character and vice versa, and

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