SEOUL, June 20 (Korea Bizwire) — “Top Gun: Maverick” star Tom Cruise said Monday he felt “tremendous pressure” to make the sequel to the hit film released more than three decades ago but felt rewarded when meeting in person with fans giving full support to him and his movie.
“It’s a privilege to be here. I’m so happy to see everyone. I missed you all,” he said in a press conference held in Seoul. “Thank you for your warm welcome always, and all these years you’re so gracious with me.”
He came to Seoul on Friday along with producer Jerry Bruckheimer and the cast members of “Top Gun: Maverick,” including Miles Teller, Glen Powell and Greg Tarzan Davis, as part of a global promotional tour. The film is scheduled to hit Korean screens Wednesday.
It is his 10th official visit to South Korea, following his last trip in 2018 promoting “Mission: Impossible – Fallout.”
“Top Gun: Maverick” is about Captain Pete Maverick, played by Cruise, who returns to the United States Navy and trains a group of younger aviators for an urgent mission to bomb a foreign country’s secret plant.
The 59-year-old actor said he felt “tremendous pressure” to bring the audience back into the world of “Top Gun” 36 years after the release of the first film.
“You feel the same world and the same character, trajectory and the same emotion, tone. It is 36 years later. That’s what we were shooting for,” he said. “It was a lot of pressure. I know a lot of fans have asked for it. I don’t ever want to disappoint the fans.”