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Paul Dano gives kudos to Tom Cruise

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith

HollywoodNews.com: 5-year-old talent, who has an actor’s reputation with his string of art house pictures and highly-regarded mainstream fare – like his performance in “There Will Be Blood” – found himself in a whole new world working on the Tom Cruise-Cameron Diaz June release.

“Knight and Day” is “the first film I’ve been in that has big action pieces and stunts – the kind of film I grew up watching,” he informs. “One of the things I enjoyed about it is that Cruise is one of the harder-working people I’ve ever been associated with. If something isn’t right, you’re going to do it again. I love that attitude. You want the best going up on screen.” Dano won’t talk about his character. “It’s one of those, the less you know, the better. The movie looks quite fun and funny. I think it’s going to be good,” he adds, speaking of the picture that has Cruise as a possibly-insane super spy.

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Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith are among America’s leading columnists. They’ve covered the Hollywood beat for decades — Elvis and “Easy Rider” through the Jonas Bros. and “Avatar” and all the stars and their triumphs and scandals in-between. Their Creators Syndicate column, Beck/Smith Hollywood Exclusive, is a source of top celebrity interviews and entertainment news in newspapers across the country as well as online. To read more about Marylin and Stacy go to BeckSmithHollywood.com

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