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Admission Impossible? Redstone Calls Cruise 'Good Friend'

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The starring role in the fourth installment of Mission Impossible is Tom Cruise‘s – should be choose to accept it.

In a news conference in Seoul, media mogul Sumner Redstone, who once famously severed his relationship with the actor, said Tuesday he’d support casting him in the action franchise once again.

“I consider Tom Cruise a great actor and a good friend,” the Viacom chief told reporters. “And if Paramount decides – and they will make the decision – to move ahead with him, I will not object.”

Redstone noted that he did not have final say on casting, though. “That’s up to Brad Gray, who runs Paramount,” he said. “He will make the decision.”

Redstone, 84, was spotted dining with Cruise, 45, in Beverly Hills last month. The studio mogul ended his 14-year relationship with Cruise in August 2006, kicking him and his producing partner off the Paramount lot, though the men have subsequently patched things up.

On Monday, Cruise appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show to look back at his 25-year career in the movies and to receive touching (and funny) tributes from friends.