With a new movie coming out on June 15, Rock of Ages star Tom Cruise is embarking upon the promotional trail and his first stop (natch) is Playboy.
In the issue, Tom gets quite candid about the gay rumors that have plagued him for years, his controversial religious beliefs and how addressing either only serves to work against him.
"Does refuting things help? Not really," he tells Playboy. "There comes a point when you just have to go, 'You know what? Here's how I've lived my life: I've never been late to a set. I make films I believe in. I feel privileged to be able to do what I love.' You just have to keep going and remember that."
As for why Tom sued various people (like porn star Chad Slater) and outlets (like England's Daily Express) over unfounded allegations he dated women to cover up his homosexuality, he says, "You start with a letter saying, 'Okay, you know it's not true. Apologize.' But with certain ones you have to go, 'Okay, you crossed a line, and now you have the attention of my lawyers.' [laughs] When it involves your kids, you have to go, 'Here's the line.' They know I mean it, that if I have to, I will sue. But life is not a matter of trying to prove anything to anybody."
For more from Tom's interview, where he talks religion, his surgery-free face and life with Katie Holmes, click here!