Tom Cruise, Kristen Stewart, Idris Elba, Léa Seydoux, Viggo Mortensen, Michelle Williams, Tom Hanks… Hollywood stars met on the Croisette to the delight of autograph hunters at the foot of the steps of the Palais des Festivals.
The Cannes Film Festival did not forget to play the glamorous card on Wednesday May 18. Tom Cruise returns 36 years after the elite pilot suit that made him a star, in Joseph Kosinski’s Top Gun: Maverick, with the mission of helping cinemas regain their pre-health crisis level. Patrouille de France, “bright” smile and red carpet.
The actor will then walk the red carpet and climb the steps under the eyes of the fans and the flashes of the photographers with the team of the feature film. Top Gun Maverick is shown out of competition. He normally plans to stay during the screening, as he wants to see the reaction of the festival-goers to the emotional sequences and the breathtaking airplane stunts of the film which we have already had the privilege of seeing.
A dense crowd rushes outside to try to access the holy of the holy, the Debussy room, where Tom Cruise must play the game of exchange with the journalist Didier Allouch. The room is packed and Tom Cruise’s masterclass begins with an introductory remark by Thierry Frémaux, director of the Grand Masse Azuréenne.
He explains how Tom Cruise “is a man of cinema. No series, no platform and always with a formidable requirement and an inexhaustible desire”. Finally the rumor swells and…. everyone standing as one man, He’s here!!! We all tell ourselves that we breathe the same air as him. And we secretly hope that no one will think it’s not worth breathing anymore once they’re no longer in the room, so literally is the hysteria here.
Very quickly, the comedian in great shape confirms his love of cinema, right down to “the smell of Pop-Corn”… The guy from Syracuse talks passionately about his relationships with the great directors who have accompanied him, with the technicians, with all those who will help to put in images and sounds. We feel grateful, humble, and it’s a pleasure… It stinks of cinema here and it’s also extremely pleasant. “I gave my life to the cinema”, “I am a privileged person” relate well to the state of mind delivered by the star.
With each question from Didier Allouch, Tom Cruise will be keen to “pay homage” to all the little people who gravitate around the films in which he plays. On the stunts he performs himself, thus fully risking his physical integrity, he will answer a laconic “Was Gene Kelly asked why he dances? »
During this “Masterclass”, which in fact for the elders call… an interview… Tom Cruise turned constantly to the other with sincerity and spontaneity. The other and also the love of his life that he venerates… The Cinema… We understood everything… Unique and intense moment. It just goes as it came. We breathe, we say thank you, it was incredible, unforgettable and all the words in “able” it was above all “so cool”, it was Tom Cruise.
Just before the screening of Top Gun: Maverick the actor received an honorary Palme d’or. The film will be released in French theaters on May 25, and two days later in the United States.
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