Ex-couple Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise ‘reunited’ to present ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

Were the consecutive messages an awkward juxtaposition or perfectly timed?

Tom Cruise is a troubling man whose prominent membership in a allegedly abusive establishment we overlook because its intensity makes for thrilling action films. Nicole Kidman, his ex-wife, is a talented beauty who is going through a phase of her career that involves wearing lots of wigs for prestigious television. They divorced in 2001, after more than a decade of marriage and shortly after the release of director Stanley Kubrick’s last film, Eyes wide closed, in which they had played the role of a couple on the verge of disaster. Here’s what Kidman looked like when the split was final:

The thing is, they may not be on good terms, even 20 years later. Months ago, Kidman scolded an interviewer for asking about his relationship with Cruise, and Cruise had do the same in 2005. Yet the couple reunited again in the weirdest way, as anyone who has seen Top Gun: Maverick in an AMC movie theater can tell you. That’s because franchise screenings are always preceded by Kidman’s cult big-screen magic commercial, and the long-awaited sequel to the legacy of one of Cruise’s iconic blockbusters. too featured a special message from the actor thanking the audience for coming to see him. As such, viewers were treated to something of a “divorced mom and dad” prologue to the cinematic experience.

MEL confirmed with an AMC employee that local theaters have a choice whether or not to air the Kidman ad, and it appears that freedom extends to the Cruise clip as well. During my screening of Top Gun: Maverick, we were treated to a shortened version of the Kidman commercial, which remains quite popular here in LA, a city of movie insiders, but no introduction from Cruise. However, many places obviously played them back to back. The result was a thrill of intrigue that you would normally get from celebrity gossip articles. How could the stars have felt this accidental meeting? Is it painfully embarrassing or just fun?

Maybe I’m being too soft, but I like to think it was a moment of reconciliation by proxy, not rivalry. As others have pointed out, Kidman’s awe-inspiring description of the cinema is precisely in line with how Cruise likes to rave about it — the script and his performance match his cult of the medium. I’m sure he sees his blissful face haloed in the flickering light of the movie projector and thinks, “Wow, same.” You’ll never convince me otherwise, because it’s the most Hollywood storyline, and these two are nothing if not pure Hollywood.

I’m not saying these two will be meeting up for sushi anytime soon, but with what they’ve been through as a famous couple, that might be the best kind of closure: public support for each other. Don’t mind if I applaud the fantasy – that’s why I’m at the movies in the first place.

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