Why Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe never worked together until The Mummy

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A few thousand fans lined Market Street outside the State Theatre in Sydney on Monday evening to catch a glimpse of Tom Cruise at the premiere of his new action-packed film, The Mummy.

Always the crowd-pleaser, the Hollywood A-lister, 54, arrived early and spent around 30 minutes greeting fans and posing for countless selfies before jumping back on the black carpet to chat with media.


The Mummy: A Cruise and Crowe collaboration

Hollywood A-lister Tom Cruise and Australian actor Russell Crowe have attended the premiere of their new film The Mummy at Sydney’s State Theatre.

When asked what it was like to be back in Australia where he used to often visit when married to Nicole Kidman, whom he split from in 2001, he told Fairfax Media: “It’s amazing, so beautiful. I love it here.

“It will always be a home for me. My family is Australian and I make films here and I have many friends, so it’s wonderful. I am very happy to be back.”

He was joined at the premiere by his co-star, New Zealand-born, Australian-raised, Russell Crowe, 53. Despite their extensive careers in acting, it was the first time they have ever worked together.

Crowe, who remains a close friend of Kidman’s, said despite being first introduced 25 years ago by Kidman, they were waiting for the right project to collaborate on. Recalling their first encounter, he told Fairfax Media:

“We’ve known each other since 1992. We met – there will be a few names hitting the floor here – we were at a barbecue at Naomi Watts’ house and Nicole Kidman, who was Tom’s wife at the time, introduced me. She brought him over to where I was sitting. The most amazing thing was that I was talking to, at the time, the biggest movie star in the world, and he had been introduced to my films by his wife, so he was asking me questions, not the other way around. It was a pretty amazing experience and we have been friends ever since.

“When [The Mummy] came up, it felt like the right one.”

Cruise was also thrilled to work alongside the Oscar winner.

“I’ve known him for 100 years and when we were standing on set, I was like, ‘I cannot believe that we haven’t done this before.’ When he said he would play Doctor Jekyll I was so excited to see what he would do with that character and have the opportunity to finally work with him,” Cruise said.

Crowe said he enjoyed the fight scenes most.

“We smacked the shit out of each other,” he laughed.

While speaking with Fairfax Media, Cruise interrupted Crowe for a bear hug and to introduce himself to Crowe’s sons Charles and Tennyson, who seemed thrilled to meet the Mission: Impossible star. 

Algerian actor Sofia Boutella, 35, and English-born star Annabelle Wallis, 32, were also in attendance, singing the praises of the leading man, Cruise.

“He’s very charismatic and lovely and sweet,” Boutella said. “The first time I met Tom he took me on a helicopter ride… He took me on another helicopter ride for my birthday… I had to pinch myself sometimes.”

The Mummy is in cinemas from June 8.

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