Tom Cruise missed the start of his new film The Last Samurai at its Los Angeles premiere yesterday (01DEC03) - while he greeted the thousands of fans waiting patiently to meet him.

Cruise attended the glitzy event at the MANN CHINESE THEATRE with his Vanilla Sky co-star girlfriend Penelope Cruz, and spent so long trying to meet as many screaming fans as possible he missed the first hour of the film.

He explained, "It's great to see everybody out here for this great film. It's hard to ignore it when so many people arrive for the start of a film - one they won't even see tonight. I guess I must be doing something right!"

02/12/2003 17:34