Tom Cruise delighted fans at the London premiere of his new film as promised last night (06JAN04) - he signed autographs and chatted to fans for over two hours.

The hunky star told those waiting for him in London's Leicester Square they could ask him two questions each - which meant he was outside chatting for hours, necessitating a delay in the screening of The Last Samurai.

He commented, "I've had people asking me places I've been, people asking me to speak to their friends and relatives - and a few marriage proposals. I don't know how long I've been out here because I'm not timing myself and I've no idea how many hands I've shaken, but it's been really fun."

However, his girlfriend Penelope Cruz, dressed in a stunning low-cut red VALENTINO gown only managed to last a quarter of an hour outside, before she joined stars, including former ROLLING STONE Bill Wyman, inside the cinema.

07/01/2004 02:32