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Tom Cruise may play a hard-partying '80s rocker (ala Axl Rose) in Rock of Ages but in real life, the superstar says he was way too busy to indulge in that kind of lifestyle during the decade of decadence.
Although the actor became a huge star (and heartthrob) in the '80s with such hits as The Outsiders, Risky Business and Top Gun, Cruise, 49, tells Us Weekly he never had the time to do the kind of rock 'n' roll partying comically portrayed in his latest film.
"In the '80s I was on movie sets. I was so focused on films and studying movies and learning about how films are made. I wasn't really part of that world. I missed that," Cruise said at the Rock of Ages premiere in London June 10. "I was living in a different part of the '80s. To go back and look at it, it was wild."
So for those wondering, there was nothing autobiographical for Cruise while playing the perpetually trashed, over-the-top rock god Stacee Jaxx (a role that required him to wear a wig, multiple fake tattoos and lots of eyeliner). In fact, Cruise was already a family man, married to his first wife Mimi Rogers for the last part of the '80s.
Now happily married to Katie Holmes, the father of three says that unlike Jaxx -- who's lonely for most of the movie -- his life's greatest joy is his family.
"Nothing is more important than my wife and my children," he says. "One thing feeds the other, the work and the family... I feel very lucky."
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