Tom Cruise Is A Big Fan Of Queen Elizabeth: "I Admire Her Devotion"
Tom Cruise agreed to host a segment of The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebration as he has a deep respect for the British monarch.
Tom Cruise "greatly admires" Queen Elizabeth.
The Top Gun: Maverick star hosted a segment of The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebration, which was broadcast on British channel ITV on Sunday (May 15), and revealed that he was "honoured" to paying tribute to the 96-year-old monarch as she commemorates 70 years on the throne at the equestrian event at a venue near Windsor Castle.
Speaking to hosts Phillip Schofield and Julie Etchingham on the show, Cruise, 59, said: "She's just a woman I greatly admire, I think she's someone who has tremendous dignity and I admire her devotion.
"What she has accomplished has been historic and I just remember always as a kid seeing photos of her, I travelled a lot as a kid and I came to England, started making movies in 1982."
Cruise added: "I love the history, I just have great respect for her, so when they asked, I instantly said: 'It would be my honour to be here.'"
Meanwhile, Cruise arranged for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to enjoy a private screening of Top Gun: Maverick — at an IMAX cinema near Leicester Square in London after learning that Prince William was a fan of the original 1986 movie.
Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, as well as Sophie, Countess of Wessex, also reportedly got an exclusive look at the upcoming blockbuster, which will make its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.
The Sun reported that a source said: “It’s a very unlikely movie premiere, but Tom made the offer after learning William is a fan. They happily accepted. Let’s face it, guests don’t get much more A-list!
“The rest of the cinema was shut to ensure privacy and William, Kate and a few other members of the royal family — plus a couple of very trusted friends — were the first to see it.
“Tom welcomed them and said he hoped they’d enjoy watching it as much as he’d enjoyed making it, and left them to it."
Top Gun: Maverick opens in Singapore cinemas on May 25. — BANG SHOWBIZ