Tom Cruise took time off from promoting his latest movie, “Oblivion,” in Brazil by visiting Maracana stadium and meeting former Brazilian soccer star Zico.
Cruise posed for photos at the stadium’s newly installed field holding a Brazil jersey with his name on the back.
The actor told Globo TV it “would be an honor” to make it to the 2014 World Cup final at the famed venue. He received an autographed ball from Zico, and said he would message friend David Beckham about his meeting with the former Brazilian playmaker, saying the British star would be “jealous.”
The Maracana, which also hosted the 1950 World Cup final, is being renovated ahead of next June’s Confederations Cup, the warm-up tournament a year before soccer’s showcase event.
Bloom to play Romeo on Broadway
Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad will star on Broadway this fall in a modern take on William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” a revival that will add an element of racial contrast to the tale of two “star-crossed lovers.”
Producers said Monday that previews at the Richard Rodgers Theatre will begin Aug. 24 with an opening set for Sept. 19.
The production will also star Jayne Houdyshell as the Nurse and Joe Morton as Lord Capulet. The Capulets will be played by black actors and the Montagues by white actors.
Director David Leveaux stressed that the idea of exploring the racial difference between the two feuding Italian families came organically after the casting of the lead actor and actress.
White House pulls April Fools’ joke
The White House, busy with its annual Easter Egg Roll, also managed to pull off an April Fools’ prank.
The White House Twitter account announced earlier Monday to be on the lookout for a “special video message from the president.”
Instead, viewers got a surprise visitor to the press briefing room.
The piece began with a shot of the familiar lectern regularly used by press secretary Jay Carney. It was empty as the presidential entrance march played. Then a small head peeked over the edge of the stand.
“It looks like you were expecting somebody else.”
Indeed. It was Robby Novak, who plays “Kid President” in a series of popular YouTube videos. “April Fools’ on all of you all,” he said.
The birthday bunch
Singer Leon Russell is 71. Actress Linda Hunt is 68. Singer Emmylou Harris is 66. Actor Christopher Meloni is 52. Actor Adam Rodriguez (“CSI: Miami”) is 38. Actor Michael Fassbender is 36. Singer Lee Dewyze (“American Idol”) is 27.