Confession time: certain members of staff, and by ‘certain,’ we mean ‘one,’ and by ‘members of staff,’ we mean, uh, me, are secretly quite excited about summer musical “Rock of Ages.” It’s either going to be a knowing guilty pleasure, or a unintentionally funny train wreck, but either way, we’ll wager it”ll be a lot more fun than the po-faced likes of “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” or “Total Recall.” And the appeal of A-listers donning fright wigs and putting on a power ballad karaoke show is a pretty solid one, particularly when those stars include the likes of Alec Baldwin, Paul Giamatti and Bryan Cranston.
The film’s still a month away from hitting theaters, but the first extract from the soundtrack has landed, via ScreenCrush, and Warner Bros. are leading with the heavy hitters: it’s megastar Tom Cruise, in character as rock legend Stacee Jaxx, covering Def Leppard‘s “Pour Some Sugar On Me.” You can have a listen to the full track below, and… well, Cruise’s singing voice isn’t the best thing we’ve ever heard, but it’s not the worst either. Although it should be noted that we’ve listened to babies crying backwards, Steven Seagal‘s country album, and songs that Billy Corgan‘s recorded in the last fifteen years, so the bar for ‘the worst thing we’ve ever heard’ is pretty low.
But as Pierce Brosnan proved with his steamboat Chewbacca yowlings in “Mamma Mia!,” sometimes hearing a movie star failing to carry a tune is worth the price of admission alone. “Rock of Ages” also stars Diego Boneta, Julianne Hough, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Russell Brand, Malin Akerman and Will Forte, and it hits theaters on June 15th.