Hollywood star TOM CRUISE stunned journalists at a press conference in Shanghai, China earlier today (30NOV05) by grabbing a mobile phone off a reporter and happily chatting to his wife.

The 43-year-old - who notoriously flew into a rage when sprayed with water by a journalist at the London premiere of WAR OF THE WORLDS - took the ringtone interruption in his stride and good-humouredly borrowed the phone to talk himself.

Exhausting his Chinese vocabulary he said, "Hello, how are you?", before asking whether the woman was at work and joking about her marital status.

Cruise's press meeting marked the end of filming for spy sequel MISSION: Impossible III, shot on location in the Asian city.