Ultimately, Cruise left the decisions to Shankman.

"He'd say, 'You're the one telling the story. I'm not. I'm just one of your finger paints.' That relationship was essential in doing what we did together -- because I really see this as having done this film together," Shankman said. "He really wanted to know how he could best fit in a world of my creation. That was really special to have that kind of relationship with a guy of his stature and experience. It was crazy. I mean, he's Tom f------ Cruise."