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Once in a Lifetime; Playing Tom Cruise's Screen Wife Was a Dream for Sarah Wright

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Once in a Lifetime; Playing Tom Cruise's Screen Wife Was a Dream for Sarah Wright

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Byline: SCREEN LIFE with Seanna Cronin

SITTING in a plane while it was being flown by Tom Cruise was just one of many surreal moments for Sarah Wright on the set of American Made.

The actress stars opposite Cruise in the action comedy by director Doug Liman.

"Did I sit there and think about Top Gun? Did I feel like I had to pinch myself every day? I knew at the time this was a once-in-a-lifetime thing," Wright tells Weekend.

The film is based on the outrageous life of Barry Seal (Cruise), a pilot who lands work for the CIA and as a drug runner in South America during the 1980s.

American Made reunites Liman with Cruise, who starred in his 2014 film Edge of Tomorrow.

"The first time I read the script I was totally fascinated by the story," Wright says.

"It was just one of those stories that you can't believe that it's true and then I was excited to see what Doug Liman was going to do with it.

"Tom was already attached to it. I didn't necessarily think it was something I was going to get. I was just excited to go for it."

Wright's audition process for the role of Lucy, Barry's wife, was unlike any she'd undergone before.

"The day that I auditioned with Tom and Doug in Atlanta, they had called me on my phone when I arrived and said 'We're so excited to see you and play around with this. Let's have fun and improvise','' she says.

"It was a four-hour audition and because of that I felt so comfortable and so open to be able to take that liberty with them. I didn't feel intimidated by him (Cruise). He always really lifted me up and made me feel like I had so much to contribute."

Much to the surprise of Lucy, Barry goes from a well-respected TWA pilot to a key figure in one of the greatest scandals in modern history. Once the hotshot airman and charming entrepreneur gets caught up in a shadowy division of the government - running crates of AK-47s and kilos of cocaine - he makes a fortune as a key player in the Iran-Contra affair. …

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