It didn’t seem like Tom Cruise was in China all that long, considering 40 percent of the film is reportedly supposed to take place here (but apparently not all Shanghainese will be sad to see him go). Cruise and Mission: Impossible 3 director J.J. Abrams talked with journalists yesterday atop Bund 18. They must not have said much because we only found one quote in the two stories we read about the “press conference.” Cruise said of Shanghai: “It’s spectacular. It’s unbelievable. It’s going to look extraordinary on film.” He said he plans on coming back to China as a tourist some day. There was also reportedly a moment during the rooftop gathering that involved Cruise singling out a Chinese journalist who started talking on his mobile phone — Cruise insisted that he talk to the person on the other end … and he even said Ni hao and Xie xie! He is SO DREAMY! (Good thing it wasn’t a squirt phone.)
M:I3 opens next summer, and the movie’s makers are currently negotiating for a simultaneous release in China.
Yahoo! News has a decent photo slideshow that includes Cruise’s China visit and some “action” shots taken during filming. We also find out that Cruise and fiancee Katie Holmes, for some reason, went to Shanghai Circus World.
Also on Shanghaiist:
Katie Holmes is in Shanghai!
Shanghai about to become even crazier!
Pop your Scientology tents, Tom’s coming to town
Photo from Reuters.