Rock of Ages Director Adam Shankman on Tom Cruise Singing and Naming the Wigs

As the director of the hair-band rock musical Rock of Ages, Adam Shankman has several story lines to juggle: There's the one where sweet rock naifs Sherrie (Julianne Hough) and Drew (Diego Boneta) fall in love, but you've also got Axl-channeling Tom Cruise as shirtless rock icon Stacee Jaxx, Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand smooching on the sidelines, and you've got to find time for Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Giamatti, and a baboon as well. Luckily, as a former choreographer, Shankman's used to making all those wildly disparate elements come together. Vulture rang him up recently to talk about the movie's high degree of difficulty and the movie star who was hired without having sung a note. Read More...


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