Cruise reports back to UK fans

Story by Jack Foley

THE film may be about a minority report, but there was nothing small about the crowd which gathered in London's Leicester Square on Wednesday night (June 26, 2002) to mark the UK premiere of Tom Cruise's latest blockbuster.

Directed by Steven Spielberg, and co-starring the likes of Brits Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton, Minority Report opened to glowing reviews in the States last Friday, a healthy Box Office and looks set to repeat the trick here.

And as hype builds towards the UK's July 5 opening date, Cruise flew in for a customary walkabout with his fans; pulling out all the stops to entertain the hundreds who had turned out to see him on a perfect summer night.

The actor, sporting a set of braces on his famous teeth, took time to shake hands with fans and sign autographs, spending an hour-and-a-half with them before entering the Odeon cinema for the special screening.

The actor also grabbed mobile phones from fans in the crowd, including a BBC journalist, speaking to their friends and family in a repeat of a stunt he also pulled at the prèmiere of Vanilla Sky earlier this year.

And the fans lapped it up, letting rip with chants of 'we want Tom' and screaming with delight as the A-list star approached laughed and joked with them.

According to one news report, fans travelled from as far afield as Scotland and north Wales to wait outside the cinema in the hope of catching a glimpse of their hero.

Dressed in a grey suit and sporting sunglasses, Cruise also came out on the balcony of the Odeon to wave to fans before finally entering the auditorium.

British co-star Samantha Morton was among many other celebrity guests for the glittering occasion, including actor Nick Moran, TV presenter Dani Behr and former boxer Chris Eubank.

Minority Report is based on a short story written by Blade Runner author Philip K. Dick and stars Cruise as a drug-addicted cop in a future where murder is predicted before it is committed who is forced to go on the run after he is accused of committing a crime.

The movie boasts some terrific special effects and a departure from the usual sentimentality associated with some of Spielberg's recent cinematic adventures. It opens in the UK next Friday, when it will also be featured on the pages of indielondon.

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