Tom Cruise stars in the upcoming film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical “Rock Of Ages”, which showcases popular rock songs from the ’70s and ’80s. The actor stars as Stacee Jaxx, an aging musician whose glory days are long past. Among the tunes Cruise will perform are SCORPIONS‘ “Rock You Like A Hurricane”, BON JOVI‘s “Wanted Dead Or Alive” and STYX‘s “Renegade”.
“[Tom‘s] character has elements of Axl Rose, Keith Richards and Bret Michaels,” director Adam Shankman tells USA Today. “We did a huge amount of research on what people were going through in this period.” He also relied on personal experience. “I knew a lot of these people because my dad was a music business manager.”
It was previously reported that Cruise was preparing for his role by training with Axl Rose‘s vocal coach. “He’s been studying with — seriously — Axl Rose‘s voice teacher like five hours a day,” Shankman told The Wrap in April. “The prognosis is more than excellent.”
The movie is a love story told through the music of PAT BENATAR, BON JOVI, JOURNEY, POISON, TWISTED SISTER and other artists from the 1980s.
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