LONDON – Tom Cruise spent 90 minutes signing autographs and talking on fans' cell phones at the British premiere of his latest movie, Minority Report.
Three-thousand people packed Leicester Square in the center of the capital's entertainment district Wednesday evening, hoping the 39-year-old actor would do his customary mingling with the crowd.
Cruise arrived at the Odeon cinema in a gunmetal gray suit, wearing sunglasses and sporting braces on his teeth. He said a dentist advised him to wear the braces four months ago.
"I've had difficulty closing my mouth my whole life and when I went to the dentist he said he could fix it for me," he said. "Twenty minutes later I came out with this on and I don't think it's a problem."
Talking to strangers on fans' cell phones was not a problem, he said, although it was sometimes difficult to get the people on the other end of the line to believe it was really him.
"It's great fun to chat to people's friends and family members on the phone. I just say, `Hello, how are you,' but most of the time they don't believe it's me. So sometimes they hang up on me."
In the United States, Cruise and Steven Spielberg's Minority Report won bragging rights as the weekend's top film, debuting with $35.7 million.