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Tom Cruise helps Beckham tackle US media

Monday, July 30, 2007
It seems that Hollywood star Tom Cruise is helping soccer star David Beckham prepare for the "over the top" US media. Becks' elegant performances in front of the cameras in Los Angeles have fuelled claims that the 'Mission Impossible' actor is training him in body language. Beckham's press conference speech recently was strikingly similar to Cruise's performance at an awards ceremony three years ago.

"There are striking similarities between Tom and David. He's definitely been coached," News of the World quoted body language expert Robert Phipps, as saying. The former England captain has replaced his squeaky accent with the actor's deeper, slower voice.

"David's performance was so slick and assured it's clear the advice from Tom has been rubbing off. David has always been quite shy in front of the cameras," a source said. "He's got a squeaky Cockney accent normally and he talked into his chest. While wife Victoria could turn on the charm, David always looked uncomfortable with that side of fame and preferred to do his talking on the pitch. But Tom's being drumming into him that Americans expect their stars to be able to be all-singing, all-dancing," the source added.

Beckham has also employed Cruise's habit of throwing his arms out to his audience, a typical body language trick to draw people and gain support. "David as a general rule is not that expressive with his hands. But now he uses both hands which is to encompass his entire audience to get his message across," Phipps said.

Beckham moved to LA this month to begin a new chapter in his career at LA Galaxy after leaving Spanish club Real Madrid. 

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