NEW YORK – Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Follow Tom Cruise via land, sea and air — and underground in a $10,000 rented subway — all around New York City Wednesday on a traffictastic tour of premieres and publicity stops.
The "Mission: Impossible III" star is spanning Manhattan from Midtown to downtown to uptown to hit three different openings of the movie and a taping of MTV's "Total Request Live."
Cruise will hop across the city in a firetruck, helicopter, speedboat and sports car for various stops on the blockbuster publicity tour.
The production company has even rented an entire subway train for $10,000 — which covers the cost of the motorman and conductor and about two hours of time — to take Cruise from Harlem to the official Midtown movie premiere on the last leg of his journey.
"The price is rather high, though," said MTA spokesman Charles Seaton. "It's lot cheaper to swipe your MetroCard."
Cruise will start off at MTV's studios to open up the show for the pubescent "TRL" crowd and sexy host Vanessa Manillo at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Then "Special Agent Ethan Hunt" — his role in the movie sequel — will jump into a firetruck and blaze over to the 34th Street heliport on the East Side.
From there, he will be flown downtown to Pier 6 at Wall Street and head over to the Tribeca Performing Arts Center to welcome fans to a screening.
If you've chased the energetic actor that far, it should be no problem to follow him as he gets into a speedboat at the South Cove in Battery Park City and hightails it up the Hudson to Harlem.
Cruise will disembark at a Sanitation Department pier at 135th Street and 12th Avenue and take a sports car — early intelligence indicates that it will be a Mercedes — to the Magic Johnson Theatre at Frederick Douglass Boulevard and 125th Street.
There he will show his grinning face for an uptown screening, and be part of a live taping of BET's "106 and Park." The most dangerous part of the mission begins when he leaves Harlem — and gets on the subway.
Cruise will take the rented train on the D line down to the Ziegfeld Theatre for the official premiere at 8:30 p.m., where he will meet up with the rest of the cast, including Laurence Fishburne, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ving Rhames.
Publicists for both producer Paramount Studios and Cruise were tight-lipped about the exact route Cruise will take, fearing that it might cause mob scenes — and traffic tie-ups.
"We think this is a really exciting way to bring 'Mission: Impossible' to the city of New York," said Paramount spokesman Nancy Kirkpatrick.