Watch: Steven Spielberg tell Tom Cruise he "Saved Hollywood's ass"
Is there anything Tom Cruise can't do? Because apparently, he singlehandedly SAVED HOLLYWOOD. And that's according to none other than Steven Spielberg himself. The annual luncheon for Oscar nominees was held on Monday, and in a candid moment caught on video, Steven told Tom, quote, "You saved Hollywood's ass. And you might have saved theatrical distribution.
"Seriously. 'Maverick' might have saved theatrical distribution."
steven spielberg telling tom cruise to his face, “you saved hollywood’s ass. and, you might have saved theatrical distribution. seriously. MAVERICK might have saved the entire theatrical industry.” i have to lie down. pic.twitter.com/nYbWbgadM7— amanda (@marisatomay) February 14, 2023
As you probably recall, Tom didn't dump "Top Gun: Maverick" onto a streaming service during COVID . . . he waited until he could give it a full theatrical release. And it was a HUGE hit. Cruise was at the luncheon as a producer of "Maverick", which is up for six Oscars, including Best Picture.