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Tom Cruise: Mom inspires me

Tom Cruise has named his mother as his ultimate hero.

The 50-year-old actor is known for his roles in action movies such as his latest $120 million sci-fi blockbuster Oblivion.

In the film, Tom does his own stunts and he learnt how to be brave from his mother. He is grateful she taught him to not to give in to fear and to see the fun in new challenges.

"My mom," Tom told German newspaper Bild, when asked who his hero is.

"[I see my home as being anywhere] on this wonderful planet. I left the US for the first time when I was 22 to explore the world. Every new movie is a ticket to the world for me - adventures inclusive. Isn't that cool?"

The star discussed his successes in the movie industry. Tom always knew that being an actor was his destiny, which was then aided by a combination of good fortune and learning experiences.

"Do you know what luck means to me? That I can live my dreams! The red carpet is just a little piece of luck," he explained.

"When I was four years old I wanted to be an actor. I was 22 when I made Top Gun. I saw a formula for success: you can achieve everything in life when you learn something new every day."

In real life Tom has the same appetite for adventure as his characters. He denied that ageing is something he worries about and instead hopes to fill the next decade in his life with more exciting quests.

"[Turning 50] didn't hurt at all! I was in Iceland, where it never gets dark. We worked at day and had fun at night - I drove a snow mobile, went diving…" he gushed. "I'm not scared of [turning 60]. I hopefully will make another ten to 20 movies. I hope to meet many new people. I don't sleep much and I read a lot. I'm constantly on the search for new adventures!"

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