Question: How do you bite off Tom Cruise's leather pants?
Answer: Very carefully.
That's the conclusion actress Malin Akerman came up with while shooting a steamy scene in which she uses her teeth to take off Tom Cruise's outfit during the '80s musical Rock of Ages (opening Friday).
"We were very close to very personal parts," Akerman tells USA TODAY. "But it was well-choreographed and we had dress rehearsal to figure out just how we were going to do this. It all worked out just fine."
"And apparently I'm a pro at taking off leather pants with my teeth," she laughs.
In Rock of Ages, Akerman plays a Rolling Stone journalist sent to interview charismatic rocker Stacee Jaxx (Cruise). She quickly falls for his voodoo and rips off his pants with her teeth leading to a passionate scene. Let's just say it pushes right up against the boundaries of PG-13 and guidelines from the American Dental Association.
Akerman insists that despite the close quarters, Cruise didn't say anything along the lines of "be careful" before shooting.
"He didn't say anything," she laughs. "I think he trusted me. And I was careful not to do anything, well, to make him not trust me. It was all fine. We made sure all the positions were proper."
"I did say, 'Well, I just don't want to hurt anybody,' " says Akerman. "But he's such a game-on guy. He jumps off buildings. So it's like a little leather in my teeth is not going to hurt anybody."
"It was fun," she says.