You’re so pretty,” Robin Williams joshed him backstage at the People’s Choice Awards in March. “I’d walk 15 miles in the snow just to stand in your garbage.” He may not be the hottest young turk in Hollywood anymore, but at 31, Tom Cruise is still Top Grin. GQ magazine marveled at his “double-decker of teeth so white they look like brand-new bathroom tiles.” For certain, the 20,000-megawatt smile hasn’t lost any sparkle; if anything, life with Nicole Kidman and their adopted daughter, 16-month-old Isabella Jane, has added a loving luster to Cruise’s flawless kisser.
Yet the handsome devil is messing with success by donning fangs and dyeing his hair blond to become a bisexual bloodsucker in this fall’s Interview with the Vampire, much to the horror of author Anne Rice, who wanted a less clean-cut lead. She’s underestimating his versatility: Cruise clowned around in a satin bra and pink pumps when he accepted the Man of the Year award from Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Club in February. And should his much-anticipated boy-meets-ghoul movie make as much as his last two lawyer flicks, The Firm and A Few Good Men (average gross: $252 million worldwide), it’ll drive a stake through any doubt: Yuppied-up or yuckied-up, Cruise can’t lose.