Tom Cruise is ripped and being seduced by groupies on the cover of June’s W Magazine.

The Rock Of Ages star is seen on the cover and accompanying photo spread as his character Stacee Jaxx. Cruise is shirtless, showing off his tattoos and his guyliner (eyeliner on guys) just like his Rock of Ages alter-ego, and apparently the groupies came as a package deal!

The transformed rock god has a pretty extensive spread of pictures taken by Mario Sorrenti and styled by Arianne Phillips and Rita Ryack for the accompanying editorial.

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The 49-year-old actor had this to say about preparing for the role:

“I needed to find out if I could really sing! Ron [Anderson, formerly a vocal coach for Axl Rose] came in and worked with me. And then I had to learn how to play guitar. I’m very good at air guitar – and air drums – but I had never played an actual guitar. After working for weeks on Stacee’s technical skills, I was thinking about the character, and I said, ‘You know what? I need a monkey.’ Adam said, ‘What the f— are you talking about?’ And I said, ‘I’m serious – I need a monkey’ [laughs]. When Stacee’s not onstage, he’s kind of sad. And I thought, This guy has to have a monkey that’s his best friend. Adam found this baboon. He sent me the baboon’s audition tape, and I said, ‘The baboon’s name has to be Hey Man’ [laughs]. Stacee Jaxx doesn’t work without Hey Man.”

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Tom later went on to discuss musicals by saying:

“[My wife] Kate loves musicals. She sings and dances, and we kind of went through the history of musicals together. And Suri loved Hairspray. With kids, you watch everything over and over; I watched Hairspray 15 times with Suri. I thought Adam Shankman did a great job directing the movie, so I arranged to meet him and said, ‘Where’s our musical?’ He came back and said, Rock of Ages.’ We went and saw it in L.A., and for me … I didn’t know how to play the character like that. I had to find my own Stacee Jaxx.”

You can check out Tom’s full spread from W Magazine in the gallery above, but for the full interview, make sure you pick up the issue on newsstands now. Also be sure to head down to theaters to check out Tom in the musical turned movie, Rock Of Ages, on June 15th.


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