- Hollywood star Tom Cruise gave South Koreans the ultimate fan service, including lots of finger hearts and heartfelt words, while visiting the country to promote his new film, “Top Gun: Maverick.”
- During a press conference at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul on Monday, Cruise expressed his love for South Korea in what marked his tenth official visit to the country.
- The Korean press also gifted the cast with a recreation of the aviation bomber jackets from the film in the style of royal Korean robes.
- Cruise recently celebrated his 60th birthday, which coincided with the film’s crossing into the $1.1 billion worldwide earnings mark.
Hollywood star Tom Cruise gave South Koreans the ultimate fan service, including lots of finger hearts and heartfelt words, while visiting the country to promote his newest film, “Top Gun: Maverick.”
During a press conference at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul on June 20, Cruise expressed his love for South Korea in what marked his 10th official visit to the country. His last was four years ago to promote “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” in 2018.
Taiwanese cheer as ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ restores Taiwan flag after alleged removal for Chinese censors
- “Top Gun: Maverick” has restored the Taiwanese and Japanese flags seen in the original film that were replaced with fabricated designs in earlier trailers for the hit sequel.
- The decision to replace the imagery was allegedly in response to Chinese censors, notorious for banning Hollywood films that are misaligned with its politics.
- Even without the controversial flags, the film would have faced several obstacles for screening in the country, as the Chinese government only allows theaters to air 34 foreign films each year.
- “Hollywood is now pushing back,” said former movie executive Chris Fenton. “The market is simply not worth the aggravation anymore in attempting to please Chinese censors.”
One of the changes previously made to “Top Gun: Maverick” to allegedly appease Chinese censors has been reversed, which means it may miss out on screening in the world’s largest box office.
Taiwanese and Japanese flags, emblazoned on the bomber jacket worn by Tom Cruise’s character Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in the original 1986 film, were seen replaced with original designs using similar color palettes in the 2019 previews for its sequel.
- Japanese actor Ken Watababe, who starred with Tom Cruise in “The Last Samurai,” recently responded to criticisms of the 2003 film’s alleged portrayal of the “white savior” trope.
- “I didn’t think of it like that,” Watanabe said. “I just thought we had the opportunity to depict Japan in a way that we were never able to before. So we thought we were making something special.”
- Watanabe praised how the film prompted Hollywood to be “more authentic when it came to Asian stories.”
Though the 2003 film “The Last Samurai” has previously come under fire for allegedly perpetuating the “white savior” trope, its star, Ken Watanabe, recently revealed that he doesn’t see it that way.
“The Last Samurai” follows the exploits of an American military officer, played by Tom Cruise, hired to train the Japanese Army in modern warfare, which brings him into direct contact with their samurai leader, Katsumoto, played by Watanabe.
One of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Tom Cruise is known for his memorable film roles, incredible fortune, high profile marriages and involvement in the church of Scientology.
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