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Star Focus: Tom Cruise

The film that viewers demanded since 1986 - Top Gun - finally came into fruition on June 22, 2022 in South Korea. The Tom Cruise starrer Top Gun - Maverick was bound to be anything less than a success. Raking in over six and a half million South Korean fans to the theaters and a revenue till date of 69,543,039,148 Won [approx. $53 million], it is time that we cover the tenth visit to South Korea of everyone's heartthrob, Tom Cruise.

Tom Cruise wins over S Korean fans with his sweetest gesture at the Airport

A red carpet event was held at the Lotte World Tower in Jamsil, southern Seoul, at 5 p.m. on Sunday. On Monday, the cast met with the local press at Lotte Hotel Seoul in central Seoul from 2:30 p.m. “Top Gun: Maverick” is the sequel to the 1986 classic “Top Gun” (1986), directed by Tony Scott. Tom Cruise plays Lieutenant Pete Maverick Mitchell - the same character he donned in Top Gun (1986).

Top Gun’ Tom Cruise tells long-waiting Korean fans ‘it is OK to cry’

Tom Cruise talks during a press conference for “Top Gun: Maverick” at Lotte Hotel in Seoul on June 20, 2022 (Monday). (Yonhap)

Tom Cruise visited the press conference with Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer, actor Jay Ellis, Miles Teller, Glen Powell and Greg Tarzan Davis.

From left, actors Jay Ellis, Miles Teller, Tom Cruise, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, actors Glen Powell and Greg Tarzan Davis: Cast of Top Gun: Maverick in Seoul, South Korea

The new movie is directed by Joseph Kosinski, whose Spiderhead was also released earlier this month on Netflix. Hollywood star Tom Cruise hoped that the South Korean fans of Top Gun will fully enjoy the sequel. “Grown-up men, you can enjoy that film, and you can cry in this movie, and that‘s OK. It’s for you and it’s for everybody, so enjoy,” Cruise said during a press conference held at Lotte Hotel in Seoul on Monday. During the conference, Cruise said that he felt a lot of pressure returning with the “Top Gun” franchise after more than three decades. “Every country I would go to, they would ask for the sequel. Jerry (Bruckheimer) and I’ve been talking about it for many years. There was a tremendous amount of pressure,” he said.

The Hollywood star said he spent many hours in hotel rooms thinking of ideas to make the sequel for fans of the original film. He explained that the goal was to make fans feel that the two films have the same world, characters and emotional tones. “Jerry and I, we agreed that we are not going to stop until we get it right,” he said. “I don’t ever want to disappoint fans.”

Since this is the American actor’s 10th visit to Korea, he emphasized that it is special, especially after going through the difficult time of the pandemic. His first visit came in 1994 with promotions for “Interview With the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles,” and he most recently visited Korea four years ago to promote “Mission: Impossible -- Fallout” in 2018. Till date, Tom Cruise rise to fame in South Korea has largely been attributed to his films belonging to the action [16 films] and drama [13 films] genres.







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