Tom Cruise meets with Zelensky in Ukraine
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is making headlines for his chat with another high-profile figure: Tom Cruise.

The "Mission Impossible" star met with Zelensky on Monday as he visits the eastern European country scouting potential locations for a future film.


Ukraine and Zelensky have been the subject of intense focus in Washington since a whistleblower report detailed a July 25 call between President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' MORE and Zelensky in which the commander in chief asked the Ukrainian government to "look into" former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden alleges Sanders campaign 'doctored video' to attack him on Social Security record Sanders campaign responds to Biden doctored video claims: Biden should 'stop trying to doctor' public record Capt. "Sully" Sullenberger pens op-ed in defense of Biden: 'I stuttered once, too. I dare you to mock me' MORE, a call that came days after Trump suspended hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. aid to Kiev.

The Ukrainian president's office released a summary and photos from Cruise's meet-and-greet, showing the 57-year-old actor smiling alongside Zelensky.

In a video shared by Zelensky's office, he exclaimed to Cruise, "You're good-looking!"

Cruise replied with a laugh, "It pays the rent."

While there was no reported mention of Trump from the encounter, Zelensky noted to Cruise "that the Ukrainian Parliament had recently passed a law on compensation for foreign filmmakers in Ukraine."

The move, the office said, "will promote active development of the film industry and give a boost to international co-production."

—Updated at 2:58 p.m.