â€œSeven Poundsâ€ is his son Connorâ€™s first film, but Tom Cruise opted not to attend the premiere in L.A. Dec. 16.
The reasoning for skipping 13-year-old Connorâ€™s big-screen debut, in which he plays a younger version of Cruise pal Will Smith: Tom Cruise opted to stay in New York to continue the publicity blitz for his film â€œValkyrie.â€
His representative Cheryl Maisel revealed: â€œAs you know, Tom and Will are great friends. Tom is in New York on a publicity tour for his movie.â€
That much is obvious, but why not support Connor, who was specifically invited to attend the festivities along with some of the other kids in the film?
A source revealed: â€œIt comes as such a surprise. When Connor was filming (â€˜Seven Poundsâ€™) Tom was so excited and proud of him. Itâ€™s sad Tom didnâ€™t fly out for the evening. He could have missed one night of publicity to support Connor and Will.â€
It wouldnâ€™t be the first time Cruise did a cross-country sprint: last December he flew from L.A. to New York and back to support Smith at his â€œI am Legendâ€ premiere.