This apparently happened over the weekend, but there’s no way I could live with myself without passing along the most random TCLTC anecdote yet. From the New York Times:
POOR Slash. All the star guitarist wanted to do was tune his Gibson and collect his thoughts before going onstage at the Staples Center here with the Black Eyed Peas. He was jittery — a tattooed bundle of nerves in a leather top hat.
But a visitor was outside his dressing room door, his manager announced. Was it O.K. for Tom Cruise to come in and say hello?
Slash, who recently released a solo album (“Slash”) but is still best known for his Guns N’ Roses days, was taken aback. “As in, Tom Cruise Tom Cruise?” he asked. Yep, the wide-eyed manager said. “Um, yeah sure — tell him to come in.”
And suddenly there was a beaming Mr. Cruise. His wife, Katie Holmes, lingered behind him. “I’m a big fan, and I just really wanted to meet you,” Mr. Cruise said. Some awkward banter followed — neither man seemed to know whether to play the fan role or the celebrity one — and ended with a confession.
“I’m a little nervous to go onstage,” Slash said in a soft voice. Mr. Cruise tried to comfort him, saying the same thing happens on a movie set. “That’s good,” Mr. Cruise asserted. “That means it will be a good performance.”
With that, Mr. Cruise bid adieu, leaving Slash a bit discombobulated (although, frankly, it was hard to tell since his face was almost entirely hidden by mirrored aviator sunglasses and his enormous mop of hair). “That has to be one of the weirdest things that has happened to me in at least two weeks,” he said, adding that he couldn’t believe how nice Mr. Cruise was. “And he’s not as short as everybody seems to think.”
My favorite part of this story? Tom Cruise making Katie Holmes tag along in case things go south.
TOM: Great to meet you, Mr. Slash. Just great.
SLASH: Are you massaging my hand?
TOM: What? No! In fact, I brought my wife. Katie! Get in here. Say the words.
KATIE: Tom puts his penis in my vagina.
TOM: See? Now who wants to wrestle?