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Cruise claps to Koizumi crooning

Tokyo, Aug. 28 (Reuters): Actor Tom Cruise had nothing but praise for Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi today — including the leader’s musical talents.

“He’s really an extraordinary man — and a pretty good singer. We sang Elvis together,” Cruise told reporters after meeting Koizumi at his official residence. “I think he’s a charismatic and very intelligent man.”

He declined to reveal which of the hits of rock ‘’ roll legend Elvis Presley he sang with Koizumi, an eclectic music lover whose favourites also include Wagner.

But the prime minister said later it was I want you, I need you, I love you, the first song he had ever learned in English.

Cruise was in Tokyo to promote his new movie, The Last Samurai, in which he plays a fictional US military officer hired by the 19th century Japanese government to train its army in modern warfare. The actor said he had invited Koizumi — who faces a party leadership race in a few weeks — to the premiere of the movie, part of which was filmed in Japan.

It is due for release in December.

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