When in Rome: Live La Vita Cruise
April 24, 2006

Rome is in uproar over proud papa Tom Cruise and his action-packed film, "Mission: Impossible III."

Cruise left behind the Hollywood hoopla in order to kick off a world tour promoting the hot new movie. "Extra" tagged along for the Cruise media crush and traveled to Rome, a place that has special meaning for Tom and Katie; it's where they famously announced their love one year ago!

Even though it's been a year, Tom is still hanging on to Katie's every word. He surprised his co-stars at a recent news conference and told the press that it was his bride-to-be who urged him to make the trip.

"Katie said to go because the whole cast is here, and it is the world premiere," Tom confessed.

Before jetting off to Monday's big premiere, Tom opened up to "Extra" about his real-life "Mission: Impossible" -- giving those pesky paparazzi the slip to get Katie and Suri safely home from the hospital.

"You think I'm going to let anybody mess with my girls? Come on, man, I make 'Mission Impossible' movies," Tom laughed. "Think I can't get in and out of a hospital in my town? I mean, it's just not going to happen."

Tom told us that even his screen alter ego, secret agent Ethan Hunt, would have been proud of the stealth operation. "There was no paparazzi there, and when we left we got in our house," he revealed. "It's been really calm, actually."

"Extra" was among the first to congratulate the superstar dad. We surprised him with a gift basket full of baby goodies for Suri. And Tom revealed a curious romantic secret that only he and Katie had shared: "Suri was born exactly one year to the day that I met Katie for the first time."

Meanwhile, Tom's still walking on air after the birth and reminiscing about the first time he held Baby Suri. "I keep replaying it over and over in my mind," he admitted. "You never forget that moment of holding your child for the first time. It's powerful because of how much I love Kate."

As for Tom's other big arrival, "Mission: Impossible III," he revealed that it almost didn't happen. "I wasn't going to make another one until I felt I could take it to another level," Tom said.

But Tom went full steam ahead after getting Hollywood's hottest new director, J.J. Abrams, on board. JJ was more surprised than anyone. "I thought I was being 'Punk'd'," he confessed.

You can see the spectacular results of their teamwork, when "Mission: Impossible III" hits theaters on May 5.

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