How Tom Cruise stood by his girl: Rosamund Pike reveals how star supported her during filming of new thriller Jack Reacher

How Tom Cruise stood by his girl: Rosamund Pike reveals how star supported her during filming of new thriller Jack Reacher

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01:23 GMT, 5 October 2012

Rosamund Pike: The actress said Cruise 'could not have been more supportive' on the set of new film Jack Reacher

Rosamund Pike: The actress said Cruise 'could not have been more supportive' on the set of new film Jack Reacher

Rosamund Pike has revealed how Tom Cruise was her ‘protector’ when the pair were shooting a new, high-octane thriller – and she was pregnant.

‘He could not have been more supportive,’ said Rosamund, who was five months pregnant when she completed filming the movie Jack Reacher, which opens here on Boxing Day.

Their on-screen chemistry makes it clear that Cruise and Pike enjoyed a good professional relationship.

‘Certain stars would have – or might have – said: “Get someone else, she’s pregnant!” That sort of thing goes on in this day and age,’ she told me.

‘You don’t know if you’re going to have terrible morning sickness, whether you’re going to suddenly balloon. I felt as if I had a secret stowaway,’ she joked. But she said that Cruise stood by her and did not want her replaced.

Rosamund, 33, who gave birth to son Solo in the spring, told me that during filming she read a biography of Lauren Bacall and loved the story of how Bacall met future husband Humphrey Bogart on the set of Howard Hawks’ 1944 classic To Have And Have Not.

‘Of course it’s very different,’ she said, ‘but it’s still the big, iconic star who really is protective — and Tom was protective in a way I didn’t expect.

‘Sometimes you think after 30 years the performance might all be just for the camera — but you get all of it with Tom. Everybody gets all of it.’

Rosamund has scenes in rip-roaring high-speed car chases and gets tied up, with a gun held to her head…all sublime, edge of the seat stuff.

‘It’s amazing the baby’s come out so chilled,’ she laughed. ‘He probably thought the world was going to be truly terrifying. He came out, this delightful child, thinking: “Thank God for that! I thought the world was going to be full of evil people with guns and bullet ridden cars.”’

The film is based on Lee Child’s best-selling tale One Shot featuring his anti-hero, former US military cop Jack Reacher, a man of no fixed abode who travels on buses and doesn’t own a mobile phone.

‘I find the idea of a man like that frustrating, but also very alluring,’ Rosamund confided.
When a former army sniper is accused of killing five people in Pennsylvania, he claims he didn’t do it and tells the police detective and the district attorney (played respectively by David Oyelowo and Richard Jenkins) to: ‘Get Jack Reacher!’

Reacher duly rides into town and goes up against the town’s darkest elements, in order to discover the truth behind the killings.

There’s the most sensational nail-biting moment involving a sinister figure played by Werner Herzog.
Rosamund plays Helen Rodin, the sniper’s savvy attorney, and she’s initially shocked by Reacher.

‘He has this great sense of justice but he’s a really violent man and it’s an interesting, dangerous combination.’

'On-screen chemistry': Tom Cruise and Rosamund Pike in a scene from their upcoming film Jack Reacher, in which Pike plays attorney Helen Rodin

'On-screen chemistry': Tom Cruise and Rosamund Pike in a scene from their upcoming film Jack Reacher, in which Pike plays attorney Helen Rodin

There’s an amusing moment in the film that has a touch of gender reversal. Rosamund and Cruise are in a motel room and it’s Cruise, naked from the waist up, who’s the object of desire. ‘Could you just please put your shirt on,’ Pike’s character demands.

Rosamund laughed and noted: ‘The inevitable doesn’t happen. It would have been corny. Often you realise maybe people put kisses in when there isn’t any chemistry.’

With that in mind, Christopher McQuarrie, the movie’s director, had his two leads viewing classic pictures such as His Girl Friday, with Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant; and even What’s Up Doc with Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neal; to give them a sense not so much of chemistry but pacing.

‘Those films don’t seem to bear any resemblance to Reacher, but it was all about the speed of the dialogue and delivery’, she said.

For lessons in suspense and tension, McQuarrie had them view Hitchcock’s Notorious, North /10/05/article-2213157-1559E4E1000005DC-182_306x293.jpg” width=”306″ height=”293″ alt=”Imelda Staunton will play Mama Rose in the musical Gypsy” class=”blkBorder” />

Imelda Staunton will play Mama Rose in the musical Gypsy

Everything’s coming up roses for Imelda Staunton, who’ll open as Mama Rose in the landmark musical Gypsy around this time next year.

I first broke the news about this long-awaited Chichester Festival production, to be directed by Jonathan Kent, a few months ago.

Several hurdles had to be cleared before Chichester could talk to potential partners, such as the Ambassador Theatre Group and Stage Entertainment.

One of the key ingredients was to get the blessing of Stephen Sondheim, who wrote the lyrics, and the estate of Arthur Laurents, who wrote the book.

Imelda and Kent (who directed her and Michael Ball in Chichester’s excellent Sweeney Todd) have told all the various parties they’ll be free next autumn.

The show, which focuses on Gypsy Rose Lee’s mother in a Mama Lear sort of way, hasn’t been seen in the West End for more than 30 years.

Now Chichester chief Jonathan Church must work out if Gypsy opens first in London, or comes via another regional theatre.

‘It’s Gypsy time at last,’ said a show insider.