Tom Cruise, Oprah Winfrey

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Oh, so that's why some people gave a flying fizz about Tom Cruise's opinion on postpartum depression. He used to just be the hot guy (with pretty decent acting chops) in the movies.

Day two of the star's sit-down with Oprah Winfreyhis first interview with the daytime queen since he flipped his lid for Katie Holmes—got down to business in honor of Cruise's 25th anniversary as a cinematic leading man.

With the down-to-earth, "real guy" stuff having been hashed out already at TomKat's Telluride, Colo., getaway last week, today's installment of The Oprah Winfrey Show featured taped kudos from Cruise's past costars (Renée Zellweger, Jamie Foxx, Dustin Hoffman, Dakota Fanning) and miscellaneous superstar pals (cuteness alert: Posh & Becks saw Jerry Maguire on the night of their first kiss, and their future neighbor later gave David Beckham his "you had me at hello" jacket—"and he hasn't taken it off since," Victoria said), as well as the star's own musings on a career well done.

Well, for the most part.

Some highlights:

  • Why is Tom Cruise special? "You don't know...he just is," Zellweger says of her Jerry Maguire costar.
  • Hoffman's fave moment on the set: "The fart scene" when he and Cruise are in the phone booth in Rain Man—apparently a completely improvised scene thanks to whatever Hoffman ate before the cameras started rolling. "It's a tribute they thought you were handsome enough to be my brother in that film," the Oscar winner said before the camera pulled back to reveal Hoffman slurping soup and chatting with a life-size cardboard cutout of Cruise.
  • Cruise does an utterly terrible Jack "You can't handle the truth" Nicholson impression.
  • Of those he hasn't crossed paths with yet, Cruise named Robert De Niro and Al Pacino off the top of his head as a couple of actors he'd like to work with.
  • Foxx dug Cruise in Born on the Fourth of July, while Steven Spielberg's a Magnolia fan.
  • Each member of the studio audience took home 25 of Cruise's films on DVD, a box set you can't get anywhere. Whether you like the dude or not, that's just cool.
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