Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Friends - but That Is as Far as It Goes Says Cruz

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Friends - but That Is as Far as It Goes Says Cruz

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Byline: PATRICK SAWER;RICHARD SIMPSON

A COUPLE of weeks is a long time in Hollywood. One minute Penelope Cruz is saying she and Tom Cruise are just good friends, the next they are seen kissing in an LA restaurant and his publicist confirms the couple have dated "a couple of times". The question now is who will be on Cruise's arm tonight at the Hollywood premiere of Nicole Kidman's latest film The Others, which he produced. Will it be new girl Penelope or former wife Nicole? Which ever he chooses, Cruise is tonight set to see his estranged wife for the first time since their high-profile split in February. But tensions could be strained as the couple's socalled quickie divorce becomes final tomorrow.

There was much talk in Hollywood gossip columns when Cruise, 39, offered Cruz, 27, the loan of his Los Angeles home, prompting speculation that his desire to "move on with our lives emotionally" after the end of his marriage to Kidman had more than something to do with his friendship with the Spanish actress. It was very unfair of the cynics to suggest that the relationship is no more than an elaborate stunt cooked up by the two stars' publicity machines.

The impression that they are a serious item will be further strengthened by Cruz's new film Vanilla Sky, in which she co-stars with Cruise. According to director Cameron Crowe the pair fell in love on screen. "In this movie we really had to have this intense love story.

So Penelope had to truly fall in love. And Tom falls in love with her," he tells September's Vanity Fair.

"They did the rarest thing - they fell in love with someone onscreen. You watch them actually go through that hideous, great, awful, intoxicating moment. Without it, we wouldn't have a movie. In this movie, these two have to fall in love. The first time we screened the movie - just in-house - it was the kind of situation where at the end you get that reaction of, 'Wow!'

they were really in love.' " Before we start clearing our diaries for the showbusiness wedding of the year let's remember one thing, folks. These guys are actors. Faking emotions is what they do. …

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