The star’s name was painted on the helicopter, with the lettering centering heavily on the retired aircraft carrier, which was decorated for the occasion with a sprawling red carpet and a handful of hunting planes. Tom Cruise. The best. dissident.
It can’t be anyone else.
Dressed in a bespoke suit, his hair a little tousled and his face more boisterous than when he first played Lieutenant Pete “Maverick” Mitchell for the first time in more than three decades, Mr. in the background.
Pointing to the parade around him, including a crowd of fans and members of the media, Mr. Cruz said: “This time here, to see everyone now, there are no masks. Everyone. It’s so epic.”
It also felt like a time capsule. The three-hour promotional flight—which featured a group of F-18 fighter jets bridge over the sound of Lady Gaga’s song from the movie—was reminiscent of the height of Hollywood glamour. Since the days when Disney didn’t hesitate to fly an aircraft carrier from San Diego to Hawaii for the premiere of Michael Bay’s “Pearl Harbor” in 2001. Or when the same studio built a 500-seat theater at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, to attend The premiere of the movie “Armageddon”. That kind of extravaganza seems almost unimaginable today, as broadcasting algorithms and accompanying digital marketing efforts have replaced the old pitch hype with stars scouring the globe and studios spending millions to turn movie openings into cultural events. events.
The movie stars made these events happen. In Hollywood, fame has a flexible definition. There are screen legends who are not box office stars. The star of the world’s cinema is a person named the lottery. They have a broad appeal and transcend language, international borders and generational differences. In short, they can attract people of all ages to theaters around the world with their on-screen characters.
These are the stars – like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone – around whom box office films have been built for decades.
And that’s the kind of star that doesn’t really exist anymore. Actors like Dwayne Johnson, Zendaya, Tom Holland, Ryan Reynolds, and Chris Pratt have been huge hits, but they’re also too closely associated with a particular franchise or superhero movie or haven’t proven that appealing across generations.
Now what matters is the characters. Three actors filmed Spider-Man and six wore the Batman fez for the big screen. The audience appeared to each of them. The Avengers may unite for massive box office returns, but what does it matter who wears tights?