Oprah Winfrey and Tom Cruise courtesy HARPO Oprah Winfrey and Tom Cruise courtesy HARPO

The couch-jumping Tom Cruise of yore is but a distant memory in upcoming Oprah interviews on Friday and Monday. In honor of Cruise's 25-year career (starting from his Risky Business sock-dancing days), Oprah Winfrey interviewed the actor for a special two-part series, for which she met with him at his home in Telluride and at her Chicago studio (a sneak peek of Friday's segment is on Oprah's website here).

Audience members from the taping reported back to the AP that none of Cruise's now-fabled antics were on display. Diane Andonovski of Toronto, Canada, said Cruise was "was really calm and collected." Another woman from the audience described the actor as "so sweet and so sincere."

Oprah, however, pressed Cruise for answers. From the sounds of it, she hit the big bases: She asked him about the testy Matt Lauer interview, Cruise's criticism of Brooke Shields for taking antidepressants, whether he was accepted by wife Katie Holmes' family and if he thought he was unfairly criticized himself.

Is this the new Tom Cruise? Or simply a chastened one? - Anna Dimond

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