Tom Cruise's fencing friends

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Tom Cruise has persuaded friends Will Smith and David Beckham to take up fencing.

The 'Top Gun' star has become a huge fan of the combat sword sport and has convinced his good pals to get involved as it gives the men a chance to spend some quality time together.

Will revealed: "Tom has a room for training. We don't get enough time to hang out, just us three guys, so this is his way of getting together and bonding. David and I go to his home and just do fencing. It's a lot of fun."

However, Will admits the trio have to be careful because they're all getting older.

The 39-year-old actor said: "We wanted an activity that was strenuous, but we're getting older - we have to think about slowing down. We've got to watch our joints. Especially my knee!"

Will became friends with David, 33, after the soccer star moved to Los Angeles last summer and met him through Tom.

When David and his wife Victoria arrived in the US, Will and Tom, 46, threw them a 'Welcome to America' party along with their respective wives, Jada Pinkett Smith and Katie Holmes.

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