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Tom Cruise Turned Down Role In ‘Milk’

Tom Cruise Turned Down Role In ‘Milk’


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).


  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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