Finding limo for Tom Cruise film was a stretch
Posted June 20, 2012
If you think Tom Cruise made an amazing transition to rock star Stacee Jaxx in Rock of Ages, now playing in theaters across the country, you should consider the limousine from the movie.
Jaxx's wheels in the flick include a totally souped-out 1980s Cadillac stretch limousine -- the pride and joy discovery for picture car coordinator Chris Gorden, who had to find a fleet of working 1980s-era cars for the film.
The limo was particularly challenging. "We were trying to find a super-stretched 1980s Cadillac limo," says Gorden. "Those limos don't tend to last that long. People get rid of them. So it was a real challenge."
He hit the rusty jackpot with an owner in Michigan who had a limo listed at around $5,000. The once Great White Beast needed full bodywork, new paint, new door panels, new limo lights (just to name a few) to return to its gas-sucking greatness. "We basically redid the entire thing," says Gorden.
Some items had to be downgraded. The working DVD system in the backseat had to be replaced with a 1980s VHS set to fit in the story. But in the end, Gordon Gekko would have been proud:
"That car screamed 1980s," says Gorden.
Cruise was blown away by the machine, says Gorden. But the star was even more blown away by his other rock-star wheels -- the Harley softtail springer Stacee Jaxx also owns in the film. It featured 1965 Vintage fenders and tank and a whale-tail exhaust.
"The thing he loved the most was that Harley," says Gorden. "He said he had one in the 1980s which was very similar. He was stoked. He really loved that bike."
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