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Cruise's Mission Impossible? Not diaper duty

Written by: Staff

ROME, Apr24 (Reuters) Movie star Tom Cruise was in Rome to promote his latest blockbuster today, but his main mission was to rush back home to his bride-to-be Katie Holmes and baby daughter and resume diaper duties.

The 43-year-old told a news conference in Rome ahead of the world premiere of ''Mission: Impossible III'' that he would cut short his European promotional tour, which also takes in Paris where he and Holmes were engaged 10 months ago.

''It was everything that we wanted it to be and more,'' Cruise said of the birth last week of Suri. ''It was really very spiritual.'' The Hollywood A-lister suggested that he wasn't afraid to get his hands dirty.

''I changed her first,'' he said.

''I change diapers all the time. I have to tell you I love it. We have a whole system worked out. It's the 'B and B' -- she does the breast feeding and I do the burping and changing the diapers. It's teamwork. It's fun.'' JETLAG Cruise has two older children that he adopted during his marriage to actress Nicole Kidman -- 13-year-old Isabella and 11-year-old Connor. Suri was his first biological child.

''My own 'Mission Impossible' was getting here. That was the Mission Impossible. Because it kept going back and forth,'' Cruise said.

''I wasn't going to come and then Kate said, you know, 'Go.

Go.' ... So I'm here. And I'll be here for a few hours and then I'll get back on an airplane and go back home to Kate and Suri.'' He was joined at the briefing by other stars from the film, including Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman who plays the arch-villain, a black-market arms dealer.

Mission: Impossible III is an adrenaline-packed two hours of death-dodging that sees the action star leaping from Shanghai skyscrapers and breaking into Vatican City.

Part of the film was shot in Rome, the city where Cruise and Holmes, known in tabloid shorthand as ''TomKat'', first made their romance public in late April 2005, smiling for photographers during the David di Donatello awards.

The following month, the twice-divorced Cruise made a manic, couch-hopping profession of love for Holmes on The Oprah Winfrey Show. The couple got engaged in Paris in June.

He was gushing again about Holmes in Rome, saying childbirth had deepened his love for her.

''I look at Kate and my admiration and love and respect for her, although I didn't think it could get any more, it became more,'' Cruise said. ''It was very beautiful.'' His whirlwind romance and recent public discussions of his belief in Scientology, the church founded by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, have also made Cruise the butt of jokes.

He did not say whether the couple adhered to the Church of Scientology's practice of ''silent birth'' emphasizing a calm, quiet atmosphere in the delivery room.

A journalist asked whether Cruise had sent one of the publicists for his film to a Scientology centre for two days.

''People are really interested in Scientology and every day ask me about it. So I say, yeah, if you want to know about Scientology, go find out about Scientology,'' Cruise responded.

''That's the best way to find out about something, for yourself.'' REUTERS SHB KP2053

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