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Cruise, Koizumi croon Elvis tunes

August 30, 2003 15:34 IST

Tom Cruise with Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro KoizumiAfter ex-wife Nicole Kidman's musical outing in Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge, it's Tom Cruise's turn to sing a song or two.

The Hollywood superstar was in Tokyo recently to promote his upcoming movie, The Last Samurai.

During his stay, Cruise met Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, a report in The Washington Post said.

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But the 41-year-old actor's meeting with Koizumi wasn't limited to exchanging pleasantries. The two sang Elvis Presley hits.

While Cruise refused to tell reporters which songs he had sung, Koizumi later admitted he had sung 'I want you, I need you, I love you', which he said was the first English song he had learnt.

In The Last Samurai, partly shot in Japan, Cruise plays US military officer Nathan Algren in the late 1870s, assigned by the Japanese government to train its troops.

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But one Pirates Of The Caribbean changed Depp's fortunes big time. The pirate flick is raking in the moolah and has placed Depp on Hollywood's hot list.

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Kim Bordenave and Colin FarrellToo bad for Farrell, but he will be shooting for Oliver Stone's Alexander around the same time, says a snippet on the Internet Movie Database.

Besides Farrell in the title role, Stone's historical drama also features Anthony Hopkins, Angelina Jolie and Jared Leto.

Photographs: Getty Images

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