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Tom Cruise talks about Top Gear lap
Tom Cruise talks about Top Gear lap (Image credit: PA)

Tom Cruise (opens in new tab) has said he enjoyed being the "top gun" on the Top Gear racetrack. In between promoting his latest film, Knight And Day, in the UK, the Mission: Impossible actor, 48, found time to race around the famous track against co-star Cameron Diaz. "It was fun, very fun. I like fast cars and motorcycles - I've always loved them since I was a kid," he said on the red carpet at the film's premiere in London. The two Hollywood stars were racing one another in a Kia cee'd in a bid to complete the fastest lap, and the results will be shown on Sunday's Top Gear show on BBC Two. Cameron, who glittered in a silver sequinned Stella McCartney minidress, admitted she was finding it difficult to keep their scores a secret. "We did timed laps. It's very exciting - we know the score and we want to tell everybody, but we can't because we want them to watch the show," she said. The 37-year-old added: "I love speed. What I love about it is that you have to live in the moment, and I love just being in the moment." The duo reunited for action comedy Knight And Day - their first film together since 2001's Vanilla Sky. Tom heaped praise on his co-star, saying: "Cameron is such a great actress to work with every day. She's someone who brings a smile every day, she's just someone who is very fun to be around." The actress returned the compliment, saying: "Tom is just amazing and so much fun. We had a laugh every day, and did the best work we could." The high-octane blockbuster, directed by James Mangold, will be released on Friday August 6.

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