Magazine article Newsweek

Walk on the Wild Side: Tom Cruise's Character in "Magnolia," the Misogynistic Self-Help Guru Frank Mackey, Tries to Reconcile with His Estranged Father as He Lies Dying of Cancer. Cruise Politely Declined to Discuss the Movie's Similarities to His Relationship with His Late Father. but He Was Game to Speak with NEWSWEEK's Jeff Giles about Everything Else

Magazine article Newsweek

Walk on the Wild Side: Tom Cruise's Character in "Magnolia," the Misogynistic Self-Help Guru Frank Mackey, Tries to Reconcile with His Estranged Father as He Lies Dying of Cancer. Cruise Politely Declined to Discuss the Movie's Similarities to His Relationship with His Late Father. but He Was Game to Speak with NEWSWEEK's Jeff Giles about Everything Else

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NEWSWEEK: You're terrific in "Magnolia." How can we stop that little punk in "Sixth Sense" from stealing your Oscar?

CRUISE: Oh, man, he was great in that picture.

Frank Mackey is so vile at first. There's a wild scene where you do a lascivious routine in your Jockeys in front of a female TV reporter.

I took my shirt off, and Paul [Thomas Anderson] said, "All right, why don't you take your pants off?" I said, "What?" You're on the set, and you feel comfortable, so you go, "Really? You think?" He says, "Yeah, yeah, yeah. It'll be funny." So I just started playing. I took them off, and I did the Batman/Superman thing. Then I did the back somersault... Paul's extraordinarily talented, and I loved working with him because he took me places that I hadn't thought of. You just kind of give yourself over to the character in the film and you just go, man. You just go. …

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