Tom Cruise Debuts Longer Hair, Takes Voice Lessons for Rock Star Role


Some of Hollywood's biggest players came out Thursday night to show their support for Tom Cruise, who received the Simon Wiesenthal Center's top humanitarian honor for his longtime support to the Jewish organization. Tom spoke to ET's Samantha Harris about the award and revealed how he's preparing for his upcoming film 'Rock of Ages.'

Tom's wife Katie and his son Connor were in attendance as he was presented with the organization's Humanitarian Award at its annual National Tribute Dinner in Beverly Hills. The award was presented by Brad Grey, Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures.

"It's humbling, and it's a tremendous honor," Tom told Samantha. "When you look at what Simon Wiesenthal accomplished, to receive this, means a great deal to me and my family. It's a very special night." The Simon Wiesenthal Center, one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations, works to confront anti-Semitism, hate and terrorism.

Tom also spoke about moving into some new territory while gearing up to play a rock star in 'Rock of Ages,' set for release in June 2012. The star said he is excited to be preparing for the role, which will require him to show off his solo vocal talents. "I've just been working with a voice coach, who's outstanding," he said. "I've been studying music and having a great time."

Watch the video to hear Tom reveal a few of the songs he'll be singing in the 1980s rock era movie.