April 24, 2006
Cruise’s ‘Mission Impossible?’ Not diaper duty
By Phil Stewart
ROME (Reuters) - Tom Cruise was in Rome to promote his
latest film on Monday, but his main mission was to rush back
home to his bride-to-be, actress Katie Holmes, and their baby
daughter and resume diaper duties.
The 43-year-old actor told a news conference in Rome ahead
of the world premiere of "Mission: Impossible III" that he
would cut short a European promotional tour that also includes
Paris, where he and Holmes were engaged 10 months ago.
"It was everything that we wanted it to be and more,"
Cruise said of the birth last week of daughter Suri. "It was
really very spiritual."
The Hollywood A-lister suggested that he wasn't afraid to
get his hands dirty.
"I changed her first," he said.
"I change diapers all the time. I have to tell you I love
it. We have a whole system worked out. It's the 'B and B' --
she does the breast feeding and I do the burping and changing
the diapers. It's teamwork. It's fun."
Cruise has two older children that he adopted during his
marriage to actress Nicole Kidman -- 13-year-old Isabella and
11-year-old Connor. Suri was his first biological child.
"My own 'Mission: Impossible' was getting here. That was
the Mission Impossible. Because it kept going back and forth,"
"I wasn't going to come and then Kate said, you know, 'Go.
Go.' ... So I'm here. And I'll be here for a few hours and then
I'll get back on an airplane and go back home to Kate and
He was joined at the briefing by other stars from the film,
including Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman, who plays the
"M:I3" arch-villain, a black-market arms dealer.
"Mission: Impossible III" is an adrenaline-packed two hours
of death-dodging that sees the action star leaping from
Shanghai skyscrapers and breaking into Vatican City.
Part of the film was shot in Rome, the city where Cruise
and Holmes, known in tabloid shorthand as "TomKat," first made
their romance public in late April 2005, smiling for
photographers during the David di Donatello awards.
The following month, the twice-divorced Cruise made a
manic, couch-hopping profession of love for Holmes on "The
Oprah Winfrey Show." The couple got engaged in Paris in June.
He was gushing again about Holmes in Rome, saying
childbirth had deepened his love for her.
"I look at Kate and my admiration and love and respect for
her, although I didn't think it could get any more, it became
more," Cruise said. "It was very beautiful."
His whirlwind romance coincided with a new level of public
outspokenness about his belief in Scientology, the church
founded by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.
He did not say whether the couple adhered to the Church of
Scientology's practice of "silent birth" emphasizing a calm,
quiet atmosphere in the delivery room.
A journalist asked whether Cruise had sent one of the
publicists for his film to a Scientology center for two days.
"People are really interested in Scientology and every day
ask me about it. So I say, 'Yeah, if you want to know about
Scientology, go find out about Scientology," Cruise responded.
"That's the best way to find out about something, for