Cruise praises late Sydney Pollack

May 29th, 2008 - 1:34 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Tom Cruise

London, May 29 (IANS) Superstar actor Tom Cruise has praised late director Sydney Pollack saying he was unpretentious and never condescending. Pollack died of cancer in Los Angeles recently. Cruise worked with him in “The Firm” and “Eyes Wide Shut”.

Thesun.co.uk quotes Cruise as saying: “Throughout the years, unpretentious and never condescending, he shared with me what he loved about family, storytelling, food, flying and a great bottle of vino.”

Cruise also remembers the time Pollack patiently answered questions for six hours even though he was editing his film “Tootsie”.

Cruise added: “I first met him while he was in the midst of editing ‘Tootsie’. I’d seen all his pictures and he generously took the meeting. He was a Renaissance man and a great friend. I will miss him dearly.”

Clooney, who worked with Pollack in “Michael Clayton”, also praised him, saying: “Sydney made the world a little better, movies a little better and even dinner a little better. A tip of the hat to a class act. He’ll be missed terribly.”

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