Tom Cruise had a whirlwind tour of NY yesterday to promote MI3. He rode a firetruck down Broadway in the afternoon, then boarded a helicopter, and finally rode a subway to the premiere. The subway train was rented for $10,000 just for the occasion.
Cruise seemed uncomfortable and made some characteristically strange statements on David Letterman on Tuesday night. He didn’t go into specifics about Katie’s birth and seemed to skirt questions. People has the highlights:
Letterman, himself an unwed dad to 2-year-old Harry, interjected, “By the way, you’re not married.”
“Did you have to bring it up?” Cruise shot back, then added, “I can’t wait to get married.” He was mum on the details, though he has said he and Holmes plan to wed sometime this summer.
As the two men discussed the joys and responsibilities of fatherhood, Letterman asked his guest to describe the arrival of his baby. Said Cruise: “It’s exciting and kind of surreal because, all of a sudden, it’s happening. Suddenly there’s going to be this other person, and I found myself wanting to relish every moment and not forget it.”
Was the delivery a long process, Letterman wondered? “No,” said Cruise. “It happened quickly.”
Cruise also said the baby is now up to 7 lbs., 10 oz., has a lot of hair, and remains at home with her mother, while he travels to promote his new movie, Mission: Impossible III, which opens Friday.
“Kate and I can’t take our eyes off of her,” said Cruise, who added that Holmes’s mother and his own are providing most of the baby advice they require. Of Holmes, Cruise said, “She’s magnificent. She has done so well Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ an incredible woman.”
“She’s so good looking,” commented Letterman.
“That’s the first thing I noticed,” replied Cruise.
On Wednesday, Cruise continued his publicity blitz, appearing on Live with Regis and Kelly. As for how he and Katie share parenting tasks: “She’s a woman so she does the womanly things,” Cruise said, indicating breastfeeding. His duties, he said, include burping the baby and changing diapers.
Cruise tries to hide behind a lot of vague adjectives, and reader Millie notes that he acted odd and was uncomfortable with specific questions about the labor. Wonder what that means.
Cruise is also said to be auctioning off the first pictures of Suri to the highest bidder. The photos are said to be worth around $1 million.
Katie Holmes will get a sweet deal if she ever marries and divorces the crazy half pint. She’ll get $14 million according to a new prenup that’s been set up. Even if she remains single, she and Suri will be taken care of with an $8 million trust.
Now that’s not bad compensation for living a lie, is it?
Here’s Cruise in all his glory on his whirlwind tour of Manhattan yesterday.