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Cruise may play bad guy in Michael Mann thriller

Cruise may play bad guy in Michael Mann thriller. The ”Heat” director wants to cast him in his first true villain role

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Tom Cruise has played unlikable jerks before (notably, the pony-tailed sex guru in ”Magnolia,”) but he’s never played someone evil. Until now. Variety reports that the usually heroic Cruise is in talks to star as a villain for ”Heat” director Michael Mann in the DreamWorks crime thriller ”Collateral.”

The film is one of several ideas Mann has been kicking around in his search for a follow-up to 2001’s ”Ali,” and he and Cruise have long wanted to work together, Variety reports. ”Collateral” would star Cruise as a hitman who pursues his quarry one night in Los Angeles in a novel way: He forces a cab driver at gunpoint to tail the intended victim. Let’s hope he remembers to ask the driver for a receipt.