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Romance real, say Hollywood hot pair

Tokyo, June 1 (Reuters): One of Hollywood’s hottest couples may be having difficulty persuading the public their romance is genuine, but actor Katie Holmes says her love for screen star Tom Cruise is real.

“I couldn’t be happier. I’m so happy,” Holmes said yesterday on her way to the world premiere of her latest movie Batman Begins in Tokyo. “He’s the most amazing man in the whole world.”

Cruise, 42, has also made no secret of his interest in the 26-year-old, until recently best known for her role in the TV series Dawson’s Creek.

In a recent interview with US talk show host Oprah Winfrey, Cruise shed his cool image to enthuse about the relationship, prompting commentators to ask whether it was a publicity stunt aimed at promoting movies both stars were appearing in.

People magazine recently ran an unscientific poll showing that nearly two thirds of those questioned believed the Cruise-Holmes relationship, which became public in late April, was a stunt. Cruise is starring in Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds, due for release this month. His love life is a mainstay of celebrity gossip. Cruise and Nicole Kidman divorced in 2001 and he dated Penelope Cruz until last year.

Holmes said she was proud to be appearing in Batman Begins, directed by Christopher Nolan and also starring veteran actor Morgan Freeman.

Freeman, who has often preferred roles in serious dramas in recent years and won an Oscar for his supporting role in Million Dollar Baby, said he thought the time was right for him to take on a more commercial production.

“Alec Guinness, one of England’s most admired and able character actors, played Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars. He said he made more money off that movie than he’d made in all the movies he’d made prior to that. So I thought okay ... my shot,” Freeman said.

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