I first met director Adam Shankman for Vin Diesel's "The Pacifier." Remember that opus? So when I met Shankman for "Rock of Ages" I told him, he popped my press junket cherry! HA! Kidding aside, Shankman has been the go-to guy for musical adaptations. He was successful in mounting a big-screen version of "Hairspray," and now, he wants to rock us out with "Rock of Ages."
In this interview, we talked about:
*** What got him interested in making "Rock of Ages"
*** How he corralled Tom Cruise into joining the cast
*** How he made Cruise sing and dance in the role of Stacee Jaxx
*** Cruise's performance ala Iggy Pop meets Axl Rose
*** How his dancing background help him with his directing skills
*** His inner heart desires -- he fell in love!
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