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Valkyrie UK premiere attracts Cruise and British co-stars

Valkyrie, UK premiere

Story by Jack Foley

HOLLYWOOD superstar Tom Cruise attended the UK premiere of his latest movie, Valkyrie, in London’s Leicester Square on Wednesday night (January 21, 2009), when he typically spent time signing autographs and chatting to fans.

The film, directed by Bryan Singer (who also attended), tells the true story of how a German officer – Count Claus von Stauffenberg, played by Cruise – attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler using a briefcase bomb.

Cruise, who was joined on the red carpet by his wife, Katie Holmes, in front of hundreds of fans, described making the film as a “powerful” experience – even though some reviews in Germany have been unkind about his performance.

Valkyrie, which had its release date postponed twice, suffered a traumatic journey to the screen, amid reports that German officials had tried to ban the film-makers from working at military sites in the country because of Cruise’s Scientology beliefs.

A major scene also had to be re-shot after footage was damaged at a film processing plant in Germany, while 11 extras were also hurt in an accident during filming.

Cruise’s co-stars had previously spent the day talking about the making of the blockbuster, describing it as an important film for Germany given that it’s one of the first American movies to lift the lid on German resistance to Hitler.

The red carpet gala was also attended by most of the film’s co-stars, including Eddie Izzard, Tom Hollander, Bill Nighy, Dutch actress Carice van Houten and Tom Wilkinson.

View photos from the red carpet or read our verdict on Valkyrie