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Tom Cruise Turned Down Role In ‘Milk’
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Tom Cruise Turned Down Role In ‘Milk’

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TOM CRUISE was originally selected for JOSH BROLIN’s acclaimed role in GUS VAN SANT’s new biopic MILK.

Brolin plays the part of Dan White, a Vietnam veteran and former police officer and firefighter.

But filmmaker Van Sant’s first wanted Cruise for the role – because he thought the megastar’s involvement in the movie, alongside fellow Hollywood actor Sean Penn, would get the controversial project off the ground.

He says, “I thought if I connected those two guys (Cruise and Penn) at the time I could go into the studio and say, ‘Look, I have these two guys’ and they would do it.

“There was always the problem with the gay community aspect of the film so they needed a reason to overcome that fear that they had of making a film that wasn’t going to have a very big return money wise, so that was my plan.”

Milk has grabbed a clutch of awards since its release, and is tipped to feature heavily at the Oscar’s next month (Feb09).

Comment(3)

  1. Brolin was excellent, so I wouldn’t have it any other way. Cruise would’ve been good too, but I guess we’ll never know

  2. I think the right choice was made. Cruise is just one of those people that is too recognizable as himself in a supporting role.

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