Olympic Torch Fires Up Hollywood
Hollywood's finest played chariots of fire Wednesday,
as the Olympic torch hit the streets of Los Angeles, and "Extra"
was there pacing Ellen Degeneres, Ryan Seacrest and Tom Cruise
as they pounded the pavement from Hollywood to Dodger Stadium.
"Extra" started the day of torch-passing
with Ellen at Hollywood's historic Roosevelt Hotel. "I
don't think I trained properly," she admitted to us.
"I just started last night. I just ate a lot of carbs
Ellen actually worked up quite a sweat as she charged four
blocks down the Walk of Fame and even threw in some sit-ups
during her torch leg. But at least she got a nice "imitation"
torch trophy as a keepsake. "This is going in my living
room," DeGeneres showed us. "And then when I jog
the neighborhood, I'll jog with this."
After Ellen, came "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest,
who got into the Olympic spirit in Midtown. But Seacrest admitted
to us, "The original plan was to come over on a motorcycle
and there was a last minute decision. An assessor came and
realized maybe I'm capable of carrying it by foot."
"Now it's going on to Tom Cruise," Seacrest told
us. "I've got to get down there so that I can scream
for him: 'Tom, I love you!'"
A very proud Tom got the honor of cruising the torch into
Dodger Stadium in front of his sister and his mom. "They
called and said, 'Would you like to do this?'" Cruise
revealed. "I sat back and said, 'Wow. Absolutely.'"
But the Olympic flame was not without protection. In fact,
it was guarded more carefully than even Tom Cruise. "I'm
concerned if that flame goes out, I'm going to get jumped,"
Cruise admitted laughingly. "It's going to be ugly."
With "Mission Impossible 3" starting to film and
"Collateral" coming soon to theaters, Tom's a busy
guy these days, and he said his summer vacation plans have
gone down the drain. "I don't have a vacation this summer.
My vacation is maybe trying to catch a couple of mornings
that I can sleep in."
The stars, including Sylvester Stallone, who carried the torch
along Santa Monica beach on Tuesday, were selected by Samsung
Electronics America, a presenting sponsor of the torch relay
that will see the torch carried around the world on its way
to Athens for the Olympic's opening ceremonies. According
to Samsung president and CEO Dong Jin Oh, the stars were chosen,
"because their life's work has become a part of American
culture and because they have supported important causes."