Tom Cruise mania descended Wednesday in Cannes the place the actor made a whirlwind look on the movie competition, strolling the crimson carpet, receiving a shock Palme d’Or and watching a squadron of French fighter jets fly over the European premiere of “Top Gun: Maverick.”
Cannes pulled out all of the stops to fete the 59-year-old star, paying tribute to Cruise with not only a uncommon interview on stage and a red-carpet premiere that includes a flyby of jets trailing coloured smoke, however with the sudden presentation of an honorary Palme d’Or. Festival president Pierre Lescure introduced the award — about 15 honorary Palmes have been given earlier than — on stage simply earlier than the screening was to start. Cruise clutched Cannes’ prime prize whereas the viewers gave the actor a standing ovation.
Cruise introduced a palpable buzz to the Croisette, the place throngs gathered across the Palais des Festivals shouting “Tom!” to attempt to get a glimpse of the 59-year-old star. “Great Balls of Fire” blared on the carpet.
Cruise hadn’t been to the competition in three a long time. But with loads of media disruption difficult the theatrical expertise, Cannes and Cruise exuded the vibe of long-last friends. “He is devoted to cinema,” declared inventive director Thierry Fremaux. Cruise’s enthusiastic welcome smacked in some methods of an motion hero’s reception, right here to save lots of the day.
“I make movies for the big screen,” Cruise mentioned to applause in an interview on stage at Cannes’ Debussy Theatre.
The European premiere of “Top Gun: Maverick,” directed by Joseph Kosinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, introduced out what’s prone to be among the many most star-studded crimson carpets of the Cannes Film Festival, which opened Tuesday and runs via May 28. Among these in attendance have been Viola Davis, Dakota Fanning, Omar Sy and Eva Longoria — together with “Top Gun: Maverick” stars Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm and Glen Powell.
While Cruise arrived by helicopter on the movie’s San Diego premiere aboard an plane service, he got here to the Cannes premiere extra historically, with the movie’s forged and filmmakers in a cavalcade of automobiles. Cruise paused for a number of minutes to signal autographs and take footage with followers lined up throughout the road from the crimson carpet.
Before that, the competition honored Cruise with a tribute that consisted of a career-spanning video montage, after which Cruise spoke about his dedication to filmmaking in an interview that stayed away from any private questions. Instead, he responded to prodding from interviewer Didier Allouch about why, Monsieur Cruise, do you’re taking such dangers doing your individual stunts?
“No one asked Gene Kelly ‘Why do you dance?’” answered Cruise.
The Cannes stopover for “Top Gun: Maverick” is a part of a worldwide tour for the movie forward of its May twenty seventh launch in theaters. It has already touched down at CinemaCon in Las Vegas and premiered in San Diego. Paramount Pictures delayed its launch two years in the course of the pandemic, a transfer that seems to be paying off with glowing evaluations and box-office expectations that “Top Gun: Maverick” will simply mark Cruise’s greatest opening weekend ever.
Asked if he was ever tempted to steer the movie to a streaming service, Cruise replied emphatically.
“No, that’s not going to happen ever,” responded Cruise to loud applause. “That was never going to happen.”
Cruise spent nearly all of the dialog explaining his excessive dedication to the craft of moviemaking, how from an early age he dug into each factor of movie productions and analyzed how explicit modes of appearing labored finest on the large display. Shooting the 1981 movie “Taps,” with George C. Scott, he returned to it time and again as a formative expertise.
“Please,” Cruise said he thought at the time, “if I could just do this for the rest of my life, I will never take it for granted.”