Tom Cruise is a traditionalist when it comes to his filmography.
The 59-year-old revealed he “never” considered a streaming release for his pandemic-delayed film at a ceremony before the Cannes Film Festival screening of Top Gun: Maverick on Wednesday.
“It was never going to happen like that. Ever, “According to Cruise, the sequel’s streaming premiere is a possibility. “I produce feature films for the large screen.”
During Wednesday’s discussion, Cruise also said that he sneaks into theatres wearing a baseball cap to see his own films and that he aims to make pictures that will stand the test of time.
The celebrity was greeted with a standing ovation at the festival debut of Maverick, in which he reprises his role as Capt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, which he initially played in 1986’s Top Gun.
“I’m going to take it all in; I’m never going to forget this evening, and I feel really happy and blessed,” he told the audience before the film’s Cannes debut. “Thank you everybody for attending. Thank you for your patience. We’re here for you – I make these films for all of you, and I consider myself really fortunate to be able to do so.”
Critics are praising Cruise’s performance in Maverick ahead of its theatrical release in the United States, as Variety’s Peter Debruge writes in his review.
Maverick, on the other hand, doesn’t rely on being “The Tom Cruise Show,” according to Debruge, and instead contains “perfectly planned teamwork among six pilots, echoing the group air fight that linked Iceman (Val Kilmer) and Maverick in the original film.”
It’s “the Top Gun sequel purists will demand,” according to IGN’s Matt Donato, who describes it as “an out-of-bounds burst of afterburner fumes and thrill-seeker highs that’s guaranteed to please fans searching for a classic summer blockbuster.”
However, there is some criticism. Maverick, writes Peter Bradshaw for The Guardian “is really less feminist than the original picture, which did put a woman in charge: astronomer Charlotte Blackwood, played by Kelly McGillis, was the trainer (inspired by real-life Pentagon official Christine Fox). Now Maverick is in charge, and he only has one female pilot under his command: Phoenix, a little part for Monica Barbaro.”
Maverick is called back 30 years after graduating from the TOPGUN Naval aviation programme as an instructor for the elite fliers in the new film. Lt. Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw (Miles Teller), the son of his late best friend, Goose, is one of his young charges (Anthony Edwards in the first movie). Teller, 35, is one of the new pilots’ cast members, which also features Glen Powell, Greg Tarzan Davis, and Lewis Pullman.
And Cruise tried his best to warn them about the film’s flying antics.
“‘This is what it’s going to be like,’ I said right at the start. It’s not for everyone,’ she says “In a Top Gun special edition, he recently told PEOPLE. “I want people to enjoy themselves; if you don’t want to participate, I completely understand.”
Pullman, 29, from Cruise, said, “Every one of the pilots has a story about him telling them what they’re good at and what they can accomplish with it. He basically explains you how Tom Cruise became Tom Cruise.”
Top Gun: Maverick will be released in theatres on May 27.