Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise was "amazing" and "fantastic" to act with, according to his Japanese The Last Samurai co-stars.

Hiroyuki Sanada and Ken Watanabe were impressed by the 41-year-old mega-star's dedication in learning in Eastern sword-fighting techniques, as well as his approachability and enthusiasm.

Sanada says, "I was very scared. It is so dangerous. We used real wooden swords. When I hit Tom I would stop an inch from his neck. But he was amazing, every rehearsal better and better. He trusted me and I trusted him. It was a great cooperation."

Watanabe adds, "He was fantastic to work with. He had so much energy. He went on to the set every day, always laughing."

06/01/2004 17:55