People Staff
December 08, 2003 05:19 PM

December 8, 2003
SENSITIVE SAMURAI
No one can say Tom Cruise doesn’t commit to his movies. At the Los Angeles premiere of The Last Samurai, Cruise’s special guest was Ron Kovic, the real-life war hero he played in the hit 1990 drama Born on the Fourth of July. “I am so glad to see him,” Cruise gushed as he made his way down the red carpet. Later, at the afterparty, Kovic, 56, said his friendship with Cruise has grown through the years: “Tom has never forgotten my birthday since the movie came out in 1990. Tom’s birthday is the third of July. My birthday is the Fourth of July. So every third of July, I send Tom two dozen red roses. And every Fourth of July, Tom has been gracious and kind enough to send me a present. We continue to stay in touch on our birthdays and we’ll always be very close.”

As for Cruise’s current role, which involved plenty of stunts, swords and armor, during filming “I never saw my life flashing before my eyes, but the adrenaline was going. I was really paying attention all those days,” he said at the movie’s New York premiere. “I did a year’s training prior to shooting the movie, and I trained every single day. I trained (for) eight months on using the swords – they were a lot of fun and very challenging. I also loved putting the armor on, but after 12 hours we couldn’t wait to get the armor off.”

WEDDING PRESENCE OF MIND
The trappings of a wedding sometimes can be awkward, even for experienced TV personalities. Case in point: When now-former Bachelorette Trista Rehn and her firefighting then-fiance, Ryan Sutter, received a gift of $250 cash from host Jimmy Kimmel during the couple’s recent appearance on his late-night show, they weren’t quite sure how to react. “I pulled out the money and I didn’t know if he was joking or not,” Trista told us backstage. “I didn’t want to be like, ‘Oh thanks,’ and then he’d be like, ‘I wasn’t really going to give you $250!’ So I didn’t want to seem too excited.” The surprise came with a card that read, “Love is a gift forever.” The pair wed in a million-dollar affair Saturday, to be broadcast on ABC on Wednesday.

CAUGHT IN THE ACT
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Jack Nicholson, at the New York premiere of Something’s Gotta Give, in such a hurry to get away from reporters that he tripped on the barricade. He righted himself in time and continued on into the theater.

Written by: SEAN DALY
Reported by: SEAN DALY, LAURA DOWNEY, OMORONKE IDOWU-REEVES and MICHELLE YORK

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