In the feature film adaptation of the smash hit Broadway musical Rock of Ages, small town girl Sherrie (Julianne Hough) and city boy Drew (Diego Boneta) meet on the Sunset Strip in 1987, in pursuit of their Hollywood dreams. With the hits of Def Leppard, Foreigner, Journey, Poison, REO Speedwagon, Twisted Sister and so many more, to help tell the story, their rock ‘n’ roll romance hits its fair share of speed bumps on the road to fame.
At the film’s press day, director Adam Shankman talked about why he wanted Tom Cruise to play rock god Stacee Jaxx in the film, Cruise’s initial reaction when he was approached with the idea, why he cut out the lap dance scene with Cruise and Julianne Hough, how Mary J. Blige came to be in the film (after the initial suggestion of Whitney Houston), the process of narrowing the songs down, and what the baboon was like to work with. He also talked about how Step Up: Revolution will be taking things to a whole new level, and that his next film will be This is Where I Leave You, based on the novel of the same name. Check out what he had to say after the jump: