Lauren Bacall and Tom Cruise
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The continuing conversation about Tom Cruise's romance with Katie Holmes – and how it is being played out in public – is drawing comments from actors as diverse as Oscar winner Jamie Foxx and veteran screen fox Lauren Bacall.
"Tom Cruise is like the Michael Jordan of acting," Foxx, 37, tells Britain's Guardian about his Collateral costar. "He looks like he has everything, and he does. He has never had a fall. So people are looking for him to trip and fall."
Seeing the matter in a different light, the 81-year-old Bacall – a star since the 1940s – says of Cruise in the latest issue of Time magazine: "His whole behavior is so shocking. It's inappropriate and vulgar and absolutely unacceptable to use your private life to sell anything commercially, but I think it's kind of a sickness."
Foxx, however, sees nothing out of the ordinary when it comes to the suddenness of the Cruise-Holmes affair. The Ray star says Cruise has told him he did "not like not being in a relationship".
Cruise, 43, raised eyebrows over his very public displays of affection with his 26-year-old wife-to-be Katie Holmes. His acts ranged from jumping up and down on Oprah Winfrey's couch, to stopping and kissing her at each and every premiere of War of the Worlds, to announcing their wedding engagement at a Paris press conference for his movie.
But that was off the screen. How does Bacall rate the on-screen performances of the male heartthrob? As she tells Time: "When you talk about a great actor, you're not talking about Tom Cruise."
So far, no word from Cruise on the comments.