‘You’re good-looking’: Ukraine’s leader woos Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise meets Sept. 30 with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Kyiv, Ukraine.
(Ukrainian Presidential Press Office)

Ukraine’s leader isn’t just trying to charm President Trump — he’s set his sights now on Tom Cruise, too.

Mission impossible? Maybe not — Cruise is studying possible Ukrainian locations for an upcoming film, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office.

Zelensky tapped his roots as a TV and film comedian when hosting Cruise in the Ukrainian presidential headquarters Monday night.


As Cruise walked in, he said “You’re good-looking!” according to video excerpts released Tuesday by his office. The actor laughed and said, “It pays the bills.”

Zelensky joked about how exhausting it is to be president, and mentioned the stalled peace process for conflict-ravaged eastern Ukraine.

The video excerpts included no mention of Trump or the U.S. impeachment inquiry in which Ukraine plays a starring role.