Published July 01, 2002
NEW YORK – He's an all-American movie star, but Tom Cruise said his children will be making All the Right Moves — by moving out of America.
"I think the U.S. is terrifying and it saddens me," he told the British paper the Daily Express. "You only have to look at the state of affairs in America."
At the Minority Report premiere Cruise, who is known for his role in the Mission Impossible flicks as a slick superagent for Truth, Justice and the American way, said his adopted children Isabella, 9, and Connor, 7, will grow up outside the United States. They will probably be raised in Australia, his ex-wife Nicole Kidman's homeland.
Cruise, whose character became similarly disillusioned with America in Born on the Fourth of July, said raising children in the U.S. is a risky business. He said he could no longer keep his 'eyes wide shut' to America's terrorism threat, crime, faltering financial status and corporate corruption.
"I do worry about my children. As a parent you are always concerned," he told the paper. "I just want them to be in a place where they are going to be strong enough to make the right choices. Unfortunately, we're in a position where people are so irresponsible that human life holds such little value to them."
It was the first time the Hollywood heavyweight expressed such doubts about America. He lives in Beverly Hill, Calif.
Cruise and Kidman were divorced last year and have joint custody of their children.
"I depend on Nic where bringing up the kids is concerned," Cruise told the paper. "But it has to be both of us."