"I have to laugh. It's just ridiculous," the star says to charges that his love for Katie isn't real

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated June 15, 2005 08:00 AM

Tom Cruise was once again asked – this time at Berlin’s European premiere of his movie War of the Worlds – whether his romance with Katie Holmes is a well-timed publicity stunt, and he told reporters on the red carpet Tuesday: “I have to laugh. It’s just ridiculous.

“Something magnificent has happened to me and something extraordinary, and I’m so happy I can’t restrain myself,” he insisted.

Cruise, 42, said Holmes, 26, was arriving in Berlin later Tuesday for an event the next day to publicize her movie Batman Begins.

The pair is due to travel together on Wednesday to Rome, where they were first photographed together in April, the Associated Press reports.

Batman Begins, starring Christian Bale as the caped crusader, opened in the U.S. Wednesday to mostly upbeat reviews. In it, Holmes plays Batman’s love interest, Rachel Dawes.

As for his own movie, Cruise gave it the thumbs up, saying at the premiere: “It’s just a great story, I remember being a kid growing up and hearing about the H.G. Wells radio play and the effect that that had on society.”

The 1938 radio production by Orson Welles of the H.G. Wells novel about an alien conquest of New Jersey was so realistic that a widespread panic broke out around the country. In the new movie, directed by Steven Spielberg, Cruise plays a father trying to save his children from the alien invasion.