Constantine Maroulis Approves of Tom Cruise in ‘Rock of Ages’

Constantine MaroulisWhen an actor takes on a film that has existed in the past, either as a movie or in another medium, you’ve got to imagine that the approval of previous artists involved carries a lot of weight. Luckily for Tom Cruise, he has earned nothing but high praise from Constantine Maroulis, who starred in the original Broadway production of Cruise’s upcoming film adaptation, Rock of Ages. caught up with Maroulis on the Red Carpet for the 66th Annual Tony Awards, where the celebrated stage performer shared his thoughts on Rock of Ages and what wonders Cruise did with the role of rock icon Stacee Jaxx.

“He’s amazing,” says Maroulis. “I got to meet him, and he was so genuine and sweet. He saw me in the show, and I think he does a great job in the film … It’s not easy, I can imagine, being a gigantic worldwide movie star and being able to allow yourself to you know to break all of that down to do a fun role like that, and he pretty much killed it!”

Of course, the Broadway star isn’t surprised. As far as he is concerned, “most good actors have singing voices.” Says, Maroulis, “Look at the great comics from Saturday Night Live. They pretend like they are not good singers, but they are all really good f***ing singers. Believe it.”

Maroulis is also optimistic about the movie in general: “I haven’t seen all of it. I’ve only seen what [director Adam Shankman] has shown me, which is like a lot of it. But … it’s great … [Cruise] made mention that he did shows a little bit when he was a kid. They found it, and they helped it, and it’s good enough for the movie, definitely.”

[Reporting by Lindsey DiMattina]

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