Tom Cruise’s 14-year-old son Connor will have a slight advantage on his father at the box office this holiday season. As we reported back in April, Connor Cruise landed his first movie role in Will Smith’s new flick Seven Pounds, which opens tomorrow. Just six days later on December 25, Tom’s new movie Valkyrie hits theaters.
Connor, playing a small supporting role, is one of two children from Tom’s marriage to Nicole Kidman. Tom and Nicole also have a 15-year-old daughter, Isabella.
Huffington Post reports that Tom is very proud of Connor’s acting gig: “Who knows what he’s going to do?” Tom said. “He’s grown up on [acting]. I’ve always had my kids there, in hair and makeup, just always around the sets. They’ve worked on sets.”
Tom went on to say he’s played acting class games with all three of his children, and they’ve often watched him develop characters. The 46-year-old superstar recalled the day he drove Connor to his audition for Seven Pounds as a “great father-son moment.” Tom and Will Smith, who are close friends, were in the room when director Gabriele Muccino asked them to leave: “[Muccino] looked at me and Will, and Will and I were like, `How’s he doing?’ And the director just said, `Out!’ So we were standing in the hall for about half an hour or something, wondering, `What’s going on in there? What’s happening?'”
Clearly Connor did something right – he got the part! Connon plays a young Ben Thomas, Will Smith’s character, in the movie. Which movie would you rather see – Tom or Connor’s?