Date: 17th December 2001
TOM CRUISE angrily took time out of a recent press conference - to answer a mobile phone in the audience. The MISSION IMPOSSIBLE (1996) actor merely looked annoyed the first time a phone rang as he was promoting his new film VANILLA SKY (2001) in Taiwan.
But when a second one rang, he snatched it from its owner and answered in Chinese. "Wei," said Cruise - Chinese for "Hello" - as reporters sitting nearby chuckled in embarrassment. He continued in English, "Hello, this is Tom Cruise. How are you doing? Is there anything I can do for you? We're having a press conference here. "
The voice on the other end of the line was silent. Cruise then smiled and said, "Goodbye. " When he handed the phone back to its owner, she said to her confused caller, "Yes, yes that was really Tom Cruise. " (MCM/WNWCAN)