Tom Cruise roots for the entertainment industry.

“I like to see people do well. I know things don’t happen by chance. I know it’s not just luck. You have to create that chance. You have to make it exist. I want you to know that I always support you. I have your back,’ he said as he accepted the David O. Selznick Achievement Award at the 2023 PGA Awards Saturday evening

Sherry Lansing presented the award to Cruise, describing the star as “someone I love, someone I respect and someone I totally admire.” The annual Producers Guild honor is given for an extraordinary body of cinematic work. Past winners include Steven Spielberg, Barbara Broccoli and Mary Parent. Lansing was the executive in Cruise’s second film Faucets and ran Paramount Pictures when Cruise starred in and produced the first Impossible mission movie.

“He used to sit in the projection booth where no one could see him or hide in the back of the theaters so he could see audience reactions,” Lansing recalled.

Cruise’s latest movie Top Gun: Maverick has earned nearly $1.5 billion at the worldwide box office since its release and has received recognition from critics groups and awards organizations, including a Best Picture Oscar nomination. Earlier this month at the Oscar nominees luncheon, where Cruise made a high-profile appearance, Spielberg praises Cruisesaying, “You saved Hollywood’s ass and maybe you saved theatrical distribution.”

“I spent many hours at his house and at his table talking about movies,” Cruise said of Spielberg during his acceptance speech. “It was at his table that I met Brian De Palma.” Cruise went on to say that he stayed up all night watching all of De Palma’s films and called the next day to offer him the directing job on the first. Impossible mission movie.

In his speech, Cruise thanked other longtime collaborators like Christopher McQuarrie and Jerry Bruckheimer. The actor ended his speech by saying, “The better each studio does, the better each movie does, the better we all do, and the better it is for everyone. So I can’t wait to see what you create there. future, and I will continue to do whatever I can to contribute and help this industry and this art form that I love.


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