No one asked Gene Kelly, “Why dance?”

Tom Cruise has a message for people wondering why he’s risking his life to do his own stunts in Top Gun: Maverick.

“Nobody asked Gene Kelly, ‘Why are you dancing?'” he said Tuesday during a master class at the Cannes Film Festival, Variety reported.

The notorious couch-hopper also alluded to what appears to be a long-standing fascination with risk when he told the crowd he was going to jump off the roof of his childhood home using a bed sheet as a parachute.

Bravery seemed to inspire him throughout his career.

“I always thought I could do something and I wanted to push the art form forward. I thought, ‘How can I immerse an audience in a movie with this kind of action? And how can I entertain them? What can I do?'”

The 59-year-old actor also reminded the crowd that he’s a movie star, not a streaming star.

Paramount has pushed back the 2021 release dates for Top Gun: Maverick and the seventh Mission: Impossible franchise film due to the COVID-19 delta variant.
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The Oscar-nominated actor said the option to release Top Gun: Maverick on Paramount+ during the coronavirus pandemic “will never happen.”

“I love my audience. I make films for the public…I make films for the big screen,” Cruise said.

“I go to the cinema and the people there who serve the popcorn that these cinemas make and I called [Paramount] say, “Please, I know what you’re going through. All I know is that we’re doing Mission: Impossible, Top Gun is coming out,” Cruise continued in one Video posted on Twitter.

“When I’m making a film, I try to use all the skill and all that I know and all the skill of everyone I work with, the beauty of cinema,” he added. “I mean, it’s an incredible experience because you just learn so much about humanity, about people, about work, about art.”

Paramount announced the decision to delay the release dates for Maverick and the seventh Mission: Impossible film due to the rise of the COVID-19 Delta variant last September, Deadline reported.

The film company said the delay would help maximize box office sales.

Top Gun: Maverick hits theaters on May 24th. Mission: Impossible 7 launches on July 14, 2023.

Cruise said the idea of ​​Top Gun: Maverick going straight to streaming services during the COVID pandemic “would never happen.”
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