Tom Cruise sheds shirt, sports tattoos for 'W' cover
showing off his guyliner, tattoos and six-pack abs - for his W cover shoot to tout Rock of Ages. He plays 1980s rocker star Stacee Jaxx in the film, opening in June, in which he makes his singing debut.
The Hollywood Reporterasked Adam Anders, executive music producer for the film and album, how he would rate Cruise's vocal skills on a scale of one to 10.
"Now he's like a seven," said Anders, "but he started off at a one. He had never sung in his life. He was like, 'I need to know that I can do this before I sign on.' So I went to his house to hear him sing and even though he was completely green as a singer, his vocal cords were amazing. He had this voice that blew me away. It was the most powerful voice I had ever heard. So loud. He could do anything and go as high as we wanted. It was like a kid discovering he had a new toy. I left there super-pumped knowing that not only could we make him pass as a singer in the movie, but we would blow people away with what he could do."