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Tom Cruise's epic London walkabout

January 6, 2004
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Londoners were left in little doubt that Tom Cruise is a man of his word, after the handsome actor jetted into Britain for the premiere of his new film The Last Samurai.

The 41-year-old had previously declared that he would sign an autograph for every fan who came along to the Leicester Square screening. And the 4,000-strong crowd was not disappointed, as the chisel-jawed actor embarked on a two-and-a-half hour walkabout, chatting to fans and making calls on their mobile phones.

"I love this, especially in London," he said. "I've had several proposals of marriage and it's been enormous fun. People have been out here since 8am waiting for me. It's been amazing – the next time I come here I'll start at dawn."

His girlfriend Penelope Cruz also enjoyed the reception, but her elegant Valentino gown didn't offer much protection from the January chill. After spending 15 minutes chatting to the throng, she disappeared into the warmth of the Odeon cinema, where other celebs like Bill Wyman and Nell McAndrew were waiting.

The Last Samurai looks set to be a landmark in Tom's career, as he has already picked up a Golden Globe nomination for best actor. In the flick he plays a burned out Civil War soldier who leaves America to help a Japanese tycoon battle a group of rebels. When he finds himself captured by his Samurai enemies, however, he comes to respect their way of life.

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Tom's walkabout was an epic affair, as he spent more time chatting to his fans than he did watching the moviePhoto: © AFPy
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He was accompanied by girlfriend Penelope Cruz, whose revealing red Valentino gown sent her indoors long before her beau was donePhoto: © AFP

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