ROME — Tom Cruise jetted to Rome Monday for his first international appearance for “Mission Impossible III,” which preemed in the city today.
Cruise told journalists Rome would be the only stop he attends on the international press tour. “This is it,” Cruise said Monday. “I have my daughter, new born, and I want to be with her. I wasn’t going to come but I decided to be here for a few hours, then I am going to get back on a plane and go home to Kate and Suri.”
The press tour includes Rome, London and Paris, followed by Mex-ico, New York and Los Angeles.
Cruise arrived midway through the already in progress presser with J.J. Abrams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Michelle Monaghan, Laurence Fishburne, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Kerri Russell and Maggie Q present.
Cruise’s plans in Rome include a red carpet gala in central Piazza del Popolo where Paramount confirmed he would be interviewed by 35 international TV outlets followed by a photo of the entire cast at Rome’s Cinema Adriano before boarding a plane home.
Rome is featured in the action packed pic. Scenes include a motorboat getaway down the Tiber River. The Vatican walls and the Vatican itself are featured. Exteriors of St. Peter’s are cut in with interiors of Reggia di Caserta — the same location was a double for the Vatican in the John Paul II biopic released last year staring Jon Voight.
Cruise called Rome a “spectacular city” and “an exciting place to shoot” the film.