What makes Tom Cruise an absolute star of cinema for forty years, still so bright, so intact over time and not just to look back on a career with films that have marked generations such as Risky Business, Top Gun, Il colore dei money, Rain Man, Mission Impossible but projected into the future?
The question in the 60 minutes of the masterclass he held in Cannes, in the Debussy hall of the Palazzo del Cinema, in front of a thousand people, this afternoon, had various clear answers.
Dedication, perseverance, curiosity, courage and then more physicality, the desire to learn, not to sit on our laurels, to take risks.
All characteristics he recounted with anecdotes - "I threw myself at 4 and fell ruining my face, I thought my mother wanted to kill me later" - quoting over and over again the crews, the cinematographers, the trainers, all the departments that are behind the making of a film to underline how "all-encompassing my commitment" is.
In the long clip that introduced the actor's arrival - fresh out of the Top Gun: Maverick helicopter, like the film that brought him back to the Croisette exactly 40 years after the premiere, May 18, 1992, of Ron's Rebel Hearts Howard - his entire career in 10 minutes, mainly made up of adrenaline-pumping films as well as arthouse films.
With one glaring lack: a crucial film like Eyes Wide Shut, the latest film by Stanley Kubrick, appears in very few images without ever framing the co-star, at the time his wife, Nicole Kidman, from whom he divorced (perhaps for Scientology) just that. 'year.
From Days of Thunder to Born on July 4th, from Jerry Maguire, Magnolia, Interview with the Vampire, in addition to the films already mentioned, Tom Cruise's career is really long, "but I remember everything eh", he joked.
"When I make a film I always think as if I were a spectator myself, that's why I always try to change roles, stories, characters, sets, I always keep learning, I keep exploring", added the actor, 60 years old and a physical presence. very well cultivated.
His career, he said, "is all love and passion for cinema. I always go to theaters when movies come out. I put my cap on and sit in the audience with everyone. I have spent a lot of time with the movie owners."
For this, as an ambassador of the big screen, he added: "I go to the cinema and there are people who serve popcorn and run these theaters. To them I say: 'I know what you're going through, just know that we are doing two sequels to Mission: Impossible. and now the new Top Gun ".
So on the platforms it is firmly decided: "It will never happen. I know how the industry works today, but when I make a film I make it for the big screen, my films are for the cinema, only there can they be appreciated".
Famous for his stunts, stunt scenes, the masterclass moderator's question, "You risk your life, Tom Cruise, why are you doing it?", He serenely replied: "Nobody asked Gene Kelly, 'Why are you dancing? '".
Then, admitting another of his attitudes - "everything has always pushed me to work abroad to pay homage to different cultures and to share it with the world. I have never been ashamed to admit that there is something I do not know" - welcoming the applause of the press and the warmth of the room, he responded in this way.
"After everything we've been through, it's such a privilege to see your faces. As well as being in a movie theater with all of you after everything we've been through."
"Thanks to you, to those who follow me, I am lucky enough to work in what I dreamed of doing at 14", concluded the actor before giving up his sports outfit and wearing the tuxedo for Montee des Marches for the first special. of Top Gun: Maverick by Joseph Kosinski with Jennifer Connelly (in theaters in Italy with Eagle from 25 May).