CANES | Who can so regularly challenge James Bond and the superhero franchises at the box office? Tom Cruise, soon to be 60, the face of “Mission: Impossible” and other blockbusters, such as Top Gun: Maverick parachuted into the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday.
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“Tom Cruise is one of the actors in the history of cinema who, in his choices, in his projects, in his work, has the highest success rate”, greets Thierry Frémaux, general delegate of the Festival, who transforms the time of day into tower control to receive out of concourse Top Gun: Maverick (sequel to the first part of 1986) and its mega-star.
The actor and producer has never donned a superhero cape in his 40-year career, but he is nonetheless set to become a savior of cinema, as theaters are slow to regain their pre-global health crisis fill level.
“When he commits to a project, it’s a great result, a great movie, and it’s also this artist that we welcome, not just the blockbuster. top gun which we hope will bring viewers back to theaters”, thus develops Thierry Frémaux.
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The American also appeals to the president of the Festival jury, Vincent Lindon, a French actor who, however, is known for a filmography that rhymes with social commitment. “I have always loved Tom Cruise. He is the best running actor in the movies, always straight in line with him!”, He recently declared in the Sunday newspaper.
Is right. Tom Cruise is still competing. Figuratively and literally as we see it in the new top gun in a stress test race in one of the first scenes, which allows him to show a well-kept physique. The reunion with Val Kilmer, sick in the movies and in life, is painful to watch for the latter, as Tom Cruise shows brilliant health.
it is with the first chapter top gun that the comedian she had just broken up with risky business (1983) became a superstar in the “Maverick” fighter pilot suit, the character’s nickname.
A nickname that means “nonconformist”, which the actor tried to be escaping from the commercial circuit to venture into auteur cinema. born on the 4th of july by Oliver Stone (1989) reads like an anti-top gunwith a hero, a Vietnam veteran, confined to a wheelchair, in full descent into hell.
A fine effort to break his image and try -in vain- to win an Oscar for a performance that the United States likes so much. “He wants to be the best (…) he comes from the working class, you can see a fissure, he comes from a divided home, he was dyslexic,” he had deciphered in the newspaper. The world Oliver Stone.
Tom Cruise even offered parentheses with cerebral directors, Stanley Kubrick (Eyes wide Shut, with his then-wife Nicole Kidman) and Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia).
But the 1990s also saw Tom Cruise take a decisive step into mainstream action cinema as an actor and producer with Mission Impossible. With a first chapter (7 and 8 are in sight) directed by Brian De Palma, another great filmmaker of this actor who has already passed in front of Francis Ford Coppola’s camera (underdogs for a small role early in his career) and would later play for Steven Spielberg (war of words).
Tom Cruise stars Mission Impossible for almost 30 years (1996), an exceptional longevity that no actor who played James Bond has known. The man with the flawless smile bounced back nicely when his pro-Scientology activism tarnished his image, especially in the mid-2000s.
It has once again become one of the symbols of Hollywood power. “He is someone who is dedicated to cinema, insists Thierry Frémaux. To see Tom Cruise, you have to see a feature film in a movie theater.
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