That was certainly evident when he agreed to have a lip sync battle with Jimmy Fallon on NBC's The Tonight Show Monday. Like John Krasinski and Emma Stone before him, the 53-year-old Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation star proved he's more than capable of challenging the late-night host's skills. In fact, the comedian himself admitted, "I'm facing off against one of the biggest movie stars of all time."
Before it even began, Cruise said, "This is going to be ridiculous."
As was the case with previous lip sync battles, neither the host nor the guest knew which songs their opponent picked to perform. Fallon and Cruise selected two songs each, and Cruise went first. "My first song has been at the top of the charts all summer long. It's the song of the summer. Right, Jim?" he said. "Remember that? It is by the enormously talented The Weeknd and it's entitled 'Can't Feel My Face.'" Cruise was so committed to his performance that even Fallon was seen dancing on the side of the stage. "Come on!" Fallon yelled. "Why am I even trying?"
Fallon admitted Cruise would be "hard to beat," but he still gave it his best shot. "My first song is one of my favorite bands, The Rolling Stones. This song is called 'Undercover of the Night,'" he said. Mick Jagger would be proud of Fallon's moves!
Before Cruise performed his second song, he asked, "What can I do now?"
That's when The Roots played the opening bars to Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock and Roll." Cruise slid over to the microphone, Risky Business style, as Fallon stared at the actor in disbelief. "That wouldn't be fair, would it?" Cruise asked. The comedian pleaded, "Please do not do that! That would not be fair! Please!"
Cruise removed his suit jacket, but alas, he did not strip down to his briefs.
"No, that wouldn't be fair," he conceded. "So look, instead I'm gonna do something that takes me back to high school, the parking lot, on Friday night. Those Jersey girls would sing all the lyrics. Do you mind holding my coat for me? And the guys would just sit there and sweat, hearts pounding. This is for all those Jersey girls on the hot summer nights. It's by Meatloaf. It's called 'Paradise by the Dashboard.'"
Needless to say, it was a killer rendition. "Wow, that was awesome!" Fallon told Cruise. "You did a one-man duet! I've never seen that before!"
For his final song, Fallon asked Cruise for some help in lip syncing The Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Loving Feeling." The actor happily obliged, and together, the two even serenaded one lucky audience member.
Cruise, of course, performed the song with Anthony Edwards in 1986's Top Gun.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is in theaters Friday.
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