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(Kan) Tom Cruise greeted the crowd from the top of the stairs, in the company of co-stars of Top Gun: Maverick Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller and John Hamm as seven Patrouille de France fighter jets covered the sky with blue-white-red smoke over the Palais des Festivals.

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Cannes passionately (not to say madly) loves her Hollywood stars. It was written in the sky: Wednesday night show as a preview of Top Gun: Maverick by Joseph Kosinski, in the presence of her star Tom Cruise, eclipsed the rest of the Cannes Film Festival activities.

After signing autographs for a long time at the feet of the red carpet, the actor i Magnolia and Mission Impossible received from the hands of the President of the Festival, Pierre Lescure, a Golden Palm of Honor, before thanking the audience. “It is a privilege to be here tonight and see your faces,” he said. This film comes 36 years after the first. We started work on it five years ago, but postponed its release for two years due to the pandemic. I make films for you, for the public. »


Tom Cruise poses with the Golden Palm of Honor.

A film that aims to attract the general public, that’s exactly it Top Gun: Maverick which hits theaters May 27 in North America. it pleasing to the crowd, as they say in Juan-les-Pins, will undoubtedly be a hit at international counters. Is one blockbuster totally successful and perfectly calibrated, even funny, touching and effective, created by the thrill and nostalgic vigil that holds you for 130 minutes.

Before presenting, in homage to Tom Cruise, a 10-minute montage of the most significant scenes of his career, General Delegate Thierry Frémaux recalled that the handsome Tom’s ball average was among the best superstars of world cinema. There is nothing wrong with that. And perhaps it is true that Tom Cruise has been underestimated.

Reviewing these images reminded me, first, that I’ve seen most of Tom Cruise’s films since Dangerous business AND All the right moves ; then, that he really starred in very good movies (among which The color of money, the rain man, Jerry Maguire, Eyes closed AND Magnolia)… Before you lose in sequels, each worse than the other i Mission Impossible.

following High weapon, thankfully, honors the memory (recently refreshed) I had held for one of the most wonderful films of my 13 years. It was not so much about the film that started Tom Cruise’s international career that dozens of young people lined up in Cannes on Wednesday afternoon hoping to hear Tom Cruise’s master class, but precisely about the series of Mission Impossibleconfirmed some of them to me.

“How long have you been waiting here?” I asked four young British and American women who were shaking and crossing their fingers for seats to be made available at the last minute.

– For a long time…

– Ora dy?

– More!

– How much ?

– Three and a half hours! »

Three and a half hours of waiting in full sun, not knowing if they would be able to see Tom Cruise. A 23-year-old Zimbabwean studying in Paris told me that her father and two brothers had become pilots after seeing High weapon.


In front of 1000 people at Salle Debussy, the actor and producer was very generous, telling some filming anecdotes (the tone Stanley Kubrick was looking for. Closed eyesthe fact that he had refused to shoot Fish Collection of Francis Ford Coppola to do Dangerous business). “I remember, strangely, all the scenes I shot. But reviewing my career summarized in 10 minutes is something a little fascinating! “, He said after seeing the montage of the Festival paying homage to him.

Of course, Cruise is a team guy who values ​​his co-workers. He insisted on his constant thirst to learn from the various professions of cinema, since his debut at the age of 18 years. Banging. “I did not go to film school, but I learned from directors, actors, the greatest cinematographers, editors, lighting designers and other technicians about all aspects of my art. »


Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Tom Cruise and Joseph Kosinski

It was he who had insisted with his producers, in 1986, that High weapon multiplies the first in different places. “I have always been interested in the way we look at cinema, everywhere in the world, according to the language we speak, according to our culture. »

He said he had turned down, at the time, the persistent offer from producers and studios to shoot a sequel to the film by the late Tony Scott, whose Top Gun: Maverick is dedicated. “In all the places I went to afterwards, I was asked to do another one High weapon. But I wanted to find a story that was worth telling. »

IN Top Gun: Maverick, the character of Cruise, the legendary fighter pilot and Pete “Maverick” Mitchell always rebellious, has the task of training a squad of the most talented young graduates of Top Gun School for a high-risk mission. He will have to face the demons of his past.

It was never about Top Gun: Maverick, ready by spring 2020, will be released on a digital platform during the pandemic and not in a cinema. “I would never have accepted it! said Cruise, who says he often goes to the movies. “I put on a lid and I also come for the trailers. I do not want to miss anything! »

Why, he was asked, does he insist on doing his tricks – some very dangerous ones – in his films? He can be in great shape, he will soon be 60 years old. “Nobody asked Gene Kelly why she danced in his movies! Seen the same.

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