Mayor of Brentwood stunned after Hollywood star Tom Cruise called him to praise his ‘great town’

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THE MAYOR of Brentwood was stunned to receive a phone call from Hollywood heavyweight Tom Cruise – who hailed the Essex town as “great”.

Will Russell says the star rang to thank residents for for their patience as filming of the latest Mission Impossible instalment closed a string of major roads there this week.

 Brentwood mayor Will Russell says he was stunned to receive a phone call from Tom Cruise

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Brentwood mayor Will Russell says he was stunned to receive a phone call from Tom Cruise

He said: “I asked who he was and he told me it was Tom Cruise.

“I didn’t quite believe it at first and I became very guarded. Then I thought that I had no reason to doubt it.

“It sounded like him and he wasn’t being ridiculous.

“He wanted to thank the people of the town. He wanted to say what a lovely forest we have.

 Hollywood star Tom filmed Mission Impossible 6 scenes in a Brentwood country park this week

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Hollywood star Tom filmed Mission Impossible 6 scenes in a Brentwood country park this week
 Brentwood in Essex is a popular commuter town that lies just outside the M25

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Brentwood in Essex is a popular commuter town that lies just outside the M25

“He asked if I was the mayor and went on to say that I did know him, and he wanted to say he had a wonderful time in Brentwood and it was a great town.

“He asked about what I did as mayor, and said it was important to have such a great community and I should be proud to have the position of mayor.”

Cruise was spotted filming earlier this week jumping out of a helicopter in the town’s Thorndon Country Park.

Brentwood in Essex is a popular commuter town lying just outside the M25.

It has a population of 50,000 and is home to a number of TOWIE stars including Amy Childs and Gemma Collins and their favourite hang-out – The Sugar Hut.

 Famous Brentwood residents include former Towie star Amy Childs

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Famous Brentwood residents include former Towie star Amy Childs
 Snooker champ Steve Davis also hails from the Essex town

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Snooker champ Steve Davis also hails from the Essex town
 The town's famous Sugar Hut has proved popular with Towie cast members

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The town’s famous Sugar Hut has proved popular with Towie cast members

Snooker player Steve Davis, pin-up Jodie Marsh, presenter Noel Edmonds and boxer Frank Bruno also hail from there.

It’s a far cry from the Brentwood in Los Angeles that Cruise would be more familiar with.

The wealthy suburb with a population of 235,000 has over the years been home to stars including Harrison Ford, Steve McQueen, Cindy Crawford, Gwyneth Paltrow, Marilyn Monroe and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Star Cruise was forced to abandon filming of the blockbuster in August when he broke his ankle performing a stunt.

 Brentwood in Essex and Los Angeles share a name but little else

Brentwood in Essex and Los Angeles share a name but little else
 Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of many A-listers to call Brentwood, Los Angeles home

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of many A-listers to call Brentwood, Los Angeles home
 The wealthy suburb of Los Angeles is home to a population of 235,000

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The wealthy suburb of Los Angeles is home to a population of 235,000
 The sprawling Getty Centre lies in the upmarket area

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The sprawling Getty Centre lies in the upmarket area

He came a cropper leaping between two high-rise building in London.

His daughter Isabella was recently spotted moving into her modest new home in Croydon.

She was adopted by Tom and his then wife Nicole Kidman in the 1990s alongside her brother Connor – but her dad was nowhere in sight as she settled in with IT consultant husband Max.

Tom Cruise injures himself while filming a stunt for his latest Mission Impossible blockbuster

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