Tom Cruise told he’s ‘very good looking’ by Ukraine president Zelensky

Meeting took place amid the ongoing impeachment inquiry against US president Donald Trump over a controversial phone call with the Ukrainian leader

Roisin O'Connor
Tuesday 01 October 2019 12:49
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Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky and Tom Cruise meet in Kiev
Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky and Tom Cruise meet in Kiev

Tom Cruise had a meeting in Kiev with Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky as the US actor scouted locations for one of his forthcoming new films.

One of several photos issued on Tuesday 1 October showed Cruise among a small group of people seated at a table with Zelensky, who was a successful media producer, actor and comedian before embarking on a career in politics.

“The President of Ukraine, for his part, told the guest about his own experience in cinema,” an accompanying statement said.

Another photo showed Zelensky next to a smiling Cruise, with the caption: “I am happy that Ukraine is starting to attract world-class stars.”

A video of an exchange between the pair showed Zelensky telling Cruise: “You’re very good-looking, like in [the] movies.”

“It pays the rent,” a laughing Cruise responds.

Cruise is the latest Hollywood star invited by Zelensky – who is keen to build a bigger global profile for his country – to visit Ukraine. The president has previously shared photos of his meetings with Mila Kunis, who was born in Ukraine, and her husband Ashton Kutcher, as well as actor Robin Wright, and Chernobyl series producer Craig Mazin.

The Mission Impossible star’s visit comes amid controversy surrounding a phone call between Zelensky and US president Donald Trump, during which Trump allegedly tried to pressure Zelensky to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

Zelensky has denied being pressured by Trump and reiterated a statement this week that he will not “follow any commands”.

An impeachment inquiry against Trump has since been launched by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In response, Trump appeared to threaten a second US civil war should he be removed from office.

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