Superstar Tom Cruise is used to playing heroes. And he got to perform a real-life rescue on the red carpet when he saved celebrity reporter Angela Bishop from taking a tumble during the premiere of his new film “Top Gun: Maverick,” the sequel to the 1986 megahit, “Top Gun.”
The ageless 59-year-old movie actor grabbed the arm of the veteran Australian journalist just as Angela was about to take a tumble off the interview platform. “Please do not step backward,” said Cruise as Bishop regained her balance.
“That would make a blooper real,” said the veteran journalist before turning towards the viewers, saying, “(Cruise) just saved me from falling off the podium.” During his interview, the 59-year-old actor who arrived at the event in a black helicopter said that he has always wanted to fly airplanes and make movies since he was four years old. “It’s an incredible opportunity to work in the armed forces,” he added.
Box office success
A report by a foreign news agency stated that “Top Gun: Maverick” has a gross collection of $601.91 million at the US box office to date. “Titanic,” on the other hand, earned $600.78 million. President and CEO of Paramount Pictures Brian Robbins, speaking with Box Office Pro, said the company is proud to celebrate the milestone with the film’s leading actor Tom Cruise and the film’s production team.
Tom Cruise’s “Top: Gun Maverick” is the box winner of the year so far, and it’s not even close. The long-awaited sequel has earned $617 million, counting at the domestic box office and $1.2 billion worldwide so far. Outside of “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and its $1.9 billion gross, “Top: Gun Maverick” has been hailed by many in the press as reigniting the box office after the pandemic woes. But not so fast, say Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group co-presidents Sanford Panitch and Josh Greenstein. The duo recently told Vulture that Sony deserves some credit for “Top Gun: Maverick’s” box office dominance.
In “Top Gun: Maverick,” the breathless, gravity and logic-defying “Top Gun” sequel that somehow makes all the sense in the world despite landing more than three decades after the late Tony Scott’s original, an admiral refers to Tom Cruise’s navy aviator Pete Mitchell, call sign “Maverick,” as “the fastest man alive.”
Cruise has described making a “Top Gun” sequel as trying to hit a bullet with a bullet, which is exactly what Maverick would say. Yet working with director Joseph Kosinski, with whom Cruise made Oblivion, and scriptwriters including regular collaborator Christopher McQuarrie, he has done just that. For all its nostalgic, Miller Time sequences of shirtless beach sports and oddly touching character callbacks, and a cameo from Val Kilmer’s Iceman proves unexpectedly affecting, Top Gun: Maverick offers exactly the kind of air-punching spectacle that reminds people why a trip to the cinema beats staying at home and watching Netflix.