Cruise Talks About Delight of His Daughter

The Associated Press
Tuesday, April 25, 2006; 6:53 PM

LONDON -- Tom Cruise spent more than two hours telling British fans about his delight at the birth of daughter Suri _ and said he was backing England's bid to capture soccer's World Cup this summer.

Cruise, 43, told reporters Tuesday he had called fiancee Katie Holmes, 27, "about a billion times" to check on the couple's daughter, born last Tuesday in Los Angeles.

The actor, who was visiting London for the British premiere of his new film, "Mission: Impossible III," spent more than two hours on the red carpet outside a London theater, greeting well-wishers.

Asked if he was missing his new child, he said, "How can you not, she's beautiful," and explained why the couple had chosen the name Suri.

"We thought it was a really nice, sweet name. A lyrical name," Cruise told reporters.

"I'm excellent at changing nappies. I love it," he said, referring to diaper duties.

Cruise, who said England soccer captain David Beckham is a friend, said he will back the English national team when the soccer World Cup begins in June.

"I've got to support my buddy. I want to see them win. Wouldn't it just be great for them," he said.

Cruise said he had doubts about leaving his infant daughter to promote his new movie across Europe, but said Holmes had encouraged him to continue working.

"The pilots are on standby if I need to go back," he said.

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