Hollywood director Steven Spielberg and actor Tom Cruise had a heartfelt exchange at the Academy Awards luncheon on Monday. Spielberg thanked Cruise for “saving Hollywood’s ass” with his hit blockbuster “Top Gun: Maverick,” which earned six Oscar nominations.
The film, which was the sequel to Cruise’s 1986 classic, was released in May last year and grossed an impressive $1.48 billion worldwide. It also earned an impressive 96% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Director Joseph Kosinski revealed that he had just 30 minutes to convince Cruise to star in the movie. “It’s one of those moments as a director, you have one on every film, where you’re on the spot to make a case for why this movie should be made,” he said. “I had 30 minutes to do it.”
At the luncheon, Spielberg pulled Cruise in for a hug and thanked him for his work on the movie. The pair had previoulsy worked together on “Minority Report and “War of the Worlds.”
Speilberg said, “You saved Hollywood’s ass, and you might have saved theatrical distribution,” Spielberg tells Cruise in the clip. “Seriously, ’Maverick’ might have saved the entire theatrical industry.”
Meanwhile, Spielberg is celebrating awards season in style. He’s been nominated for Best Director for his semi-autobiographical drama “The Fabelmans,” which has been showered with critical acclaim since its release late last year. The movie is up for Best Picture, and Best Actress for Michelle Williams.
“Top Gun: Maverick” not only earned six Oscar nominations, but it also grossed an impressive $1.48 billion worldwide and may have saved the theatrical industry. Meanwhile, Spielberg’s work on “The Fabelmans” has been praised and is up for multiple awards.
Steven Spielberg tells Tom Cruise that “you saved Hollywood’s ass and you might have saved theatrical distribution. Seriously, ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ might have saved the entire theatrical industry.” pic.twitter.com/nPWR5BqiUV
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) February 14, 2023