Tom Cruise surprises Toronto audience at screening of new ‘Mission: Impossible’

Moviegoers at a public advanced screening of the latest summer blockbuster got the cameo of a lifetime on Tuesday afternoon.

Days after making local headlines for commenting on how bad the city’s traffic is, Tom Cruise was able to brave the gridlock and navigate his way to Scotiabank Theatre in downtown Toronto to introduce his new film “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One.”

Maurie Sherman from KiSS 92.5’s Roz and Mocha Show was in the crowd and captured the moment the actor stunned audience members at the matinee screening with a surprise appearance alongside the film’s director Christopher McQuarrie.

The full theatre erupted into applause when the star walked across the front of the screen.

“I didn’t know I was here,” Cruise joked, responding to the shock of some in the crowd at getting to see the Hollywood star in person.

The actor went on to thank those in attendance, and said he and the filmmakers were honoured to be able to bring their new entry in the action series to the big screen.

“We dream of these moments to make these films for you, for you all to see it in this kind of format,” he said. “It really is such an honour to entertain you and I’m just so happy to see everybody here.”

“Our entire cast and crew, this is the stuff we talk about. We love movies.”

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The summer movie season is kicking into high-gear in July, with the arrival of the seventh “Mission: Impossible” movie this week followed by the “Oppenheimer” and “Barbie” showdown on July 21.

Cineplex announced earlier this week that its box office revenues have returned to pre-COVID levels ahead of the trio of July blockbusters. The company says  revenues in June were $56 million, amounting to 98 per cent of box office revenues from the similar period in 2019.

The movie theatre company says combined box office and theatre food service revenues exceeded June 2019 results.

With files from The Canadian Press

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