One of Hollywood’s highest grossing and most revered stars, Tom Cruise reflects back to his days while watching the 1932 Universal Studios classic The Mummy. Cruise now 54 years old, he has fond memories while watching the film.
He said it left him terrified and certainly made an impression upon him early on. Tom Cruise said Boris Karloff’s performance scared him so much, he had to sleep in the same room with his sisters.
The Mummy, is considered to be a monster movie classic. The 1932 Mummy film, was directed by Karl Freund and stars screen icon Boris Karloff as both Ardath Bey and Imotep the Mummy. Hard to imagine that the mummy, still puts fright into so many movie goers 85 years later…but that is what Cruise and Universal Studios’ Dark Universe movie series are banking on.
Tom was not going to turn down this role no matter what. He still has vivid childhood memories while watching the original. It was his chance to make some movie history once again. This time around, the Mummy movie focuses on a female villain named Princess Ahanet.
She is portrayed by an Algerian actress, dancer and model named Sofia Boutella. She has also worked with the Nike shoe company previously. Most of her dance moves, are street dance including hip-hop type moves. Tom said that this story is a “fresh and modern take”. It transcends so well into the new universe of the mummy.
Actress Sofia Boutella is beautiful, charming and rightfully powerful. With her antagonizing those around her, it will give movie going audiences a modern day take on an American classic. Tom said that Sofia is sophisticated and sexy however you can’t help but be fearful of her as well.
Other well known actors step on screen including the likes of Russell Crowe, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson and Courtney B. Vance. The story premise is straightforward with the ancient princess is awakening from her crypt deep beneath the desert.
There is a scene in the movie where Sofia Boutella quite literately licks Tom Cruise on screen. Sofia responded by saying:
“It’s destabilizing. It comes out of nowhere,” says Boutella. “That’s how Ahmanet treats things. She owns stuff. She owns people.” There were apparently eight different versions of this scene to capture just the right moment. Finally, they found what worked and Sofia said she dragged it as long as possible.
The Mummy hits theaters on June 9th, 2017. The film has high expectations, as it goes up against the competition. It will be interesting to see the results at the box office.