Tom Cruise Reflects on Missing His Son Connor During Filming – Director Recalls

Tom Cruise found emotional depth in his role in “The Last Samurai” by drawing on thoughts of his son, Connor.

In his memoir “Hits, Flops, and Other Illusions: My Fortysomething Years,” director Ed Zwick, 71, recalled noticing Cruise’s tender side during the filming of the 2003 period drama.

Zwick observed Cruise being caring toward a young actor and knew he was close to his then-8-year-old son, Connor, whom he shares with ex-wife Nicole Kidman.

To evoke more genuine emotion from Cruise, now 61, Zwick pulled him aside and asked about Connor.

“‘Tell me about your son,’ I said. He looked surprised. I knew Connor had just returned to L.A. and Tom wouldn’t be seeing him for a while. For a moment, Tom was quiet. And then he began to talk. It doesn’t matter what he said in those few short moments in the fading light. I watched as he looked inward, and a window seemed to open, and his eyes softened,” wrote Zwick.

Despite the time crunch with fading daylight, Cruise delivered a standout performance in the scene.

As they left the set, Zwick recalls Cruise making eye contact and mouthing a “thank you.”

Despite his fame, Cruise often keeps his personal life private, including details about his children. He and Kidman, 56, share Isabella, 31, and Connor, 29. From his marriage to Katie Holmes, he also has a daughter, Suri, now 17.

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