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Tom Cruise plays rocker Stacee Jaxx musical “Rock Ages.”

Tom Cruise plays rocker Stacee Jaxx in the musical “Rock of Ages.”

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Updated: July 14, 2012 6:46AM

The director of “Rock of Ages” (opening Friday) took a childish approach in making a rock star of Tom Cruise.

When Adam Shankman met the superstar, both were sitting in baby chairs at the birthday party of Adam Sandler’s daughter. “I couldn’t have looked like a bigger idiot,” he recalls, “but Tom still said, ‘Dude, when are we going to make a musical together?’ ”

Cruise, it turns out, was a fan of Shankman’s “Hairspray.”

Cindy Pearlman

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