Terry Gilliam gave superstar Tom Cruise a thumbs down when his agents eagerly lobbied for him to appear in Heath Ledger‘s final film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. According to Collider, Gilliam was trying to keep it in the family when he chose Jude Law, Colin Farrell, and Johnny Depp to portray different incarnations of Ledger’s character, Tony.

“The thing is, I was only interested in people who were friends of Heath. Simple as that,” said Gilliam.

Gilliam also mentioned that Dr. Parnassus isn’t a Heath Ledger movie, but rather a fulfillment of the void left by his unexpected death. Cruise may be Mr. Hollywood or perhaps a bit less than that now, but Gilliam does have a point. Maybe, the relationship that the other actors had with Ledger was used to better their performances of his character.

Cruise’s last leading role was in the historical film Valkyrie, where he played a Wehrmacht Colonel with an eye patch. Frankly, the actor is far from his soaring days of Risky Business, but he’s still one of the biggest celebrities in the world. As for Parnassus, more than likely it will be a huge success due to its sentimental value among fans, and its A-list cast.

What do you think? Would you have liked to see Cruise next to Ledger?