Tom Cruise: 'I make movies for the big screen' | Inquirer Entertainment

Tom Cruise: ‘I make movies for the big screen’

/ 11:14 AM May 19, 2022
tom cruise afp canne

U.S. actor Tom Cruise poses during a photo call for the film “Top Gun : Maverick” at the 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 18, 2022. Image: AFP/Valery Hache

Tom Cruise made it clear there was no chance “Top Gun: Maverick” would be released first on a streaming platform despite multiple pandemic delays, as he visited Cannes on Wednesday.

“I make movies for the big screen… I love this experience and I want other filmmakers to have that experience,” Cruise told an audience at the Cannes Film Festival.


He was speaking ahead of the European premiere of the much-anticipated sequel to his 1986 blockbuster.

The film was supposed to have its first big screening in Cannes way back in 2020 before the festival was cancelled by the COVID-19 pandemic, which was followed by a series of postponements to the film’s release.


Asked if he had considered debuting “Top Gun: Maverick” on a streaming platform, as happened with several big productions in 2020 and 2021, Cruise was emphatic: “That was not going to happen, ever.”

“Look at us all together, we’re all united, we all speak different languages, different cultures… but we’re able to come together around a shared experience,” he said of his love for movie theaters.

“Cinema is my love, my passion. I always go to movies when they come out. I’ll put my cap on and sit in the audience with everyone. I’ve spent a lot of time with theater owners.”

Cruise has become an ambassador for cinemas, even sneaking into a screening of Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” at the height of the pandemic in summer 2020 in a bid to boost sales.

With “Top Gun” out worldwide next week, and two “Mission: Impossible” sequels due in 2023 and 2024, Cruise hopes to play a key role in helping theaters recover from the ongoing slump triggered by the pandemic.

“I go to cinemas and there’s people there who are serving the popcorn and running these theaters. I tell them: ‘I know what you’re going through, just know we’re making ‘Mission: Impossible,’ ‘Top Gun’ is coming out…” JB



Tom Cruise heading to Cannes for ‘Top Gun’ premiere

For first movie in space, Russia races Tom Cruise and Elon Musk

The hottest entertainment news straight to your inbox

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Christopher Nolan, Mission Impossible, Movie Theaters, Tom Cruise, Top Gun: Maverick
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our entertainment news

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

© Copyright 1997-2022 | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.