Tom Cruise, a war machine in the ark

KALAMAT | Who can so regularly challenge James Bond and the superhero franchises at the box office? Tom Cruise, soon 60, the face of “Mission Impossible” and other successful films, 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 greatest degree of success”, greets Thierry Frémaux, the general delegate of the Festival, who transforms time into day in control. tower to get out of competition Top Gun: Maverick (continuation of the first part of 1986) and his mega-star.

The actor-producer has never worn a superhero cape in his 40-year career, yet he has been called upon to become a cinema savior as cinemas are slow to regain their level of filling before the global health crisis.

Tom Cruise, a war machine in the ark

“When he is committed to a project, it is a great result, a great film, and it is also this artist that we welcome, not just the successful film. High weapon which we hope to bring viewers back to the cinema “, 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 devotion. “I have always loved Tom Cruise. “He is the actor who directs best in the cinema, always straight to his line!”, He declared recently in Sunday newspaper.

Vincent Lindon

“Visible crack”

He is right. Tom Cruise is still in the race. Figuratively and literally, as we see it in the cloud High weapon in a stress test race in one of the first scenes, which enables him to display a always carefully guarded physique. Reuniting with Val Kilmer, sick in film and in life, is painful for the latter, as Tom Cruise displays excellent health.

It’s with the first chapter High weapon that comedian who had just broken Dangerous business (1983) became a superstar in the costume of the Maverick fighter pilot, the nickname of the character.

Tom Cruise, a war machine in the ark

A nickname meaning “maverick”, which the actor tried to escape from the commercial district for incursions into author cinemas. Born on July 4th by Oliver Stone (1989) thus read as an anti-High weaponwith a hero, a veteran from Vietnam, confined to a wheelchair, at full discount in hell.

A brilliant attempt to tarnish his image and try – in vain – to win an Oscar for a performance as much as the United States loves. “He wants to be the best (…) he comes from the working class, he has a visible crack in him, he comes from a divided house, he was dyslexic”, he had deciphered in the newspaper. world Oliver Stone.

Oliver Stone

Activism pro-Scientology

Tom Cruise even offered brackets to cerebral directors, Stanley Kubrick (Closed eyes, with his then wife Nicole Kidman) and Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia).

But in the 1990s, Tom Cruise also made a decisive move into mainstream action cinema as an actor and producer with Mission Impossible. With a first chapter (on the 7th and 8th horizon) directed by Brian De Palma, another great director for this actor who has already passed in front of the camera of Francis Ford Coppola (The November for a small role at the beginning of his career) and who would later play Steven Spielberg (World War).

Tom Cruise plays in his role Mission Impossible for almost 30 years (1996), an extraordinary longevity that no actor embodying James Bond has known. The man with the impeccable smile came back well after his pro-Scientology activism tarnished his image, especially in the mid-2000s.

He 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 watch a feature film in a cinema.

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