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Series 20, Episode 4 - Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Jude Law, Catherine Tate, Kings Of Leon

Tom Cruise says he'd love to do Top Gun 2, Cobie Smulders reveals how she tried to keep up with Tom, Jude Law says he enjoyed getting his teeth into The Pope, Catherine Tate chats about touring and Kings Of Leon perform live in the studio.

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Tom Cruise, asked about the possibility of a sequel to the hit movie Top Gun, says: "We are discussing it. We are trying and if we can figure it out I'd love to do it."

Talking about the success of his now 20-year-old movie, Jerry McGuire, he says, "It was one of those things nobody predicted. I remember the studio was always supportive of it but they were very surprised and happy!"

Asked why his latest movie, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, is based on the 18th book in the Jack Reacher series, Tom says: "It was random. There are so many stories. I've read all of the books and this seemed like a nice one to go to because of the relationship between the characters."

Talking about being injured while filming, he says, on the first Jack Reacher I had to kick someone in the groin. They were strapped up with leather so I could really go for it. I did the take about 50 times and my foot was swollen for a week. It was killing me. It was hard explaining how I got the injury!"

Asked about doing his own stunts, he says, "For Mission Impossible I learnt to hold my breath under water for six and half minutes. It's not pleasant. To get to that moment you have to train your system and lower your heart rate. I trained for a long time to the point when I finished the sequence there were times when I would be sitting in a meeting and realise I wasn't breathing! I am done with that."

Cobie Smulders, talking about keeping up with Tom physically in the new movie, says, "There was so much running. I had broken my leg that summer and was only just off crutches a week before we started training so I was in the weakest possible shape of my adult life. Tom is the fastest human being in films and so fast and I'm very competitive so wanted to at least keep pace. Tom would give me a hard time if I didn't keep up and didn't run perfectly." Tom jokes, "She's a graduate of the 'Tom Cruise School of Movie Running.'"

Jude Law, talking about his new TV series The Young Pope, says: "It was great to have a part to sink my teeth into - huge great speeches and a chance to speak Latin. It was an extraordinary part to play. I was surprised to find out how hardwired I am to playing a part over two hours. Playing a part over 10 hours was really unusual and a much slower burn to reveal the character."

Asked more about the series, he says, "The director really embraced the idea that it is about content and not the medium so really he has made a 10-hour film. We shot it like a movie and it has the scale of cinema but it is going to be shown at home."

Talking about his unusual name, he says, "It's not the easiest name to grow up with in South East London to be really honest - a blond annoying little boy wanting to be an actor, called Jude! There were some perks though. When I was about 17 I got asked to join this national theatre company and I was put in the girls' dormitory because they assumed I was a girl, which was fine by me! I kept quiet for a couple of nights!"

Catherine Tate, talking about her upcoming live tour, in which she reprises her best-known characters, says: "I have never done it live and I don't know how it will work out yet. It's a logistics thing with 18 characters and lots of costume changes. Hopefully someone will be doing all that for me so I can just go on and do the lines!" She reveals that Lauren will be back despite being killed off.

Catherine also reveals the inspiration behind her much-loved foul mouthed grumpy old "Nan" character, describing most of her characters as "Belligerent and tending not to like the world."

Demonstrating his love of interacting with his fans, Tom is invited to take selfies with keen audience members.

Kings Of Leon perform their new single Waste a Moment live in the studio before joining Graham for a chat about their new album. Asked why, as an American band they made it in the UK before the US, they joke, "You have better taste in music!"

Broadcast details

Friday 21st October 2016
60 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Graham Norton Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Catherine Tate Guest
Jude Law Guest
Tom Cruise Guest
Cobie Smulders Guest
Caleb Followill (as Kings Of Leon) Band
Jared Followill (as Kings Of Leon) Band
Matthew Followill (as Kings Of Leon) Band
Nathan Followill (as Kings Of Leon) Band
Writing team
Rob Colley Writer
Christine Rose Writer
Production team
Steve Smith Director
Jon Magnusson Series Producer
Rina Dayalji Producer
Pete Snell Producer
Vicky Taylor Producer
Graham Stuart Executive Producer


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