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Oscars not the drive for Cruise

Tom Cruise has revealed that winning an Oscar isn't his main aim in his career.

The Mission: Impossible star has received a hat-trick of Academy Award nominations for his performances in Born On The Fourth Of July, Jerry Maguire and Magnolia.

He told Empire magazine: "It would be fun, but it has never been a driving factor for me. For me it is always about the fact that I get to make the next movie.

"I'm constantly looking for things, but it's always, 'What is the character? What is their story?'," he added.

Tom, who next stars in Doug Liman's sci-fi thriller Edge Of Tomorrow alongside British beauties Emily Blunt, Charlotte Riley and Lara Pulver, also teased he could direct at some point in the future.

"You know, I am not going to say no. I just enjoy the process of working with a director," he said.

Having enjoyed big-screen success for the past 25 years, the 51-year-old revealed he wants to continue working in the film industry in years to come.

"I have a dream that I will do this for the rest of my life in any capacity," he said, quipping: "How old is (Clint) Eastwood?"

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