Cruise speaks about Valkyrie responsibility
Tom Cruise has said his first official words on the subject of Valkyrie and the character of the German officer who turned against the Nazi war machine of Adolf Hitler, a man who has become something of a admirable character through time.
I know I may be really unpopular saying that I like Tom Cruise as an actor, but I do. There's no denying that he's turned in some amazing performances, sure there have been some bad ones too, but the good outweighs the bad, and there have been a few exceptional.
I have a feeling that his performance in Valkyrie will pass through as one of those exceptional ones.
Regarding the film and critics of the choice to cast him as the German Colonel Claus Graf Schenk von Stauffenberg, who attempted to assassinate Hitler during the final stages of World War II, the plot of which is the basis of the film, he simply said that they should save their comments until they see the film – I say they because I'm actually looking forward to him playing the role, I think he'll be amazing.
In the story from People.com through IGN he also addressed the character he was playing and once again he says exactly the right thing.
“I carry a great responsibility to the Germans, for whom a man like Stauffenberg means so much. And I feel this responsibility to the man himself. The more I learn about him, the greater my respect and my admiration of him.”
I'm sure this comment is to go towards some of the ill feeling from some Germans that Tom Cruise, a man who is so heavily associated with a group that German authorities are very much against, is playing this well respected German.
However I'm thinking that Cruise can really pull this role off. When he gets a good role he can be so convincing on screen, he's a powerful actor that really can give great character performances. Valkyrie is a film I'm looking forward to and Cruise being in it is only raising my expectations.