In this WWII drama, directed by Bryan Singer, Cruise plays Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg who is severely wounded in Africa and returns home to Nazi Germany. Stauffenberg becomes the lead conspirator in the July 20 plot to assassinate Hitler and implement Operation Valkyrie, a plan to implement a shadow government in the event of the Nazi Führer’s death.
There’s been a few things written about this film before — just a couple [Ironic laugh]. So many times, the internet has accelerated this ‘drama’ out there, and there’s a perception out there versus what we’re doing artistically. Even when our friends have seen the film they say, ‘Oh!? [Epiphany] This is a suspense thriller?!’ [Incredulous laugh] What’d you think we were making?? So many times in my career, people have said, ‘Why are you doing that?’ … Top Gun, Born on the Fourth of July, or Rain Man … I’ve always chosen things I thought would be challenging, but wanted to entertain an audience.