Tom Cruise has always been a daredevil and now he’s undertaken a new dangerous stunt: going to see Christoper Nolan’s Tenet in a busy cinema.
The seemingly eternal Cruise donned his mask to attend the event and filmed himself doing so because of course he did.
The curious video was posted to Cruise’s Twitter account on August 25th and sees Cruise and a masked companion ride in a taxi to a London cinema. After stepping out of the vehicle, he stands in front of a mural for Nolan’s latest blockbuster and says, “Here we are … back to the movies.”
After applauding both the beginning and end of the film, he rises and says to his fellow attendees in the apparently socially distanced crowd, “Great to be back in a movie theater, everybody.” Someone asks as he passes, “Did you enjoy the film?” and he responds, “I loved it. I loved it.”
Cruise captioned the message simply “Big Movie. Big Screen. Loved It.” It’s unsubtle propaganda but we’ll let it slide. Cruise is all too aware that the big-budget movies he usually makes are in danger of becoming a thing of the past. We miss the cinema too.
It’s been a frustrating year for the star. Production on the as-yet-untitled seventh instalment in the Mission: Impossible franchise was halted in February due to COVID-19, mere days before shooting was set to start.
It was reported to be resuming in September but production apparently restarted this month in England. Until a motorcycle stunt went wrong, that is (no reported fatalities or major injuries).
Cruise’s next scheduled theatrical release, the sequel Top Gun: Maverick, was originally due to open June 26th before moving to December 23rd because of COVID-19 shutdowns. Just last month it was pushed back again, this time to July 2nd of next year.