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Tom Cruise went from piloting his own stunts to piloting blockbuster movies (and continues to do his own stunts as well.) the 34th Annual Producers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, Cruise accepted the David O. Selznick Achievement Award for his work as a film producer since 1996, including the Oscar-nominated film Top Gun: Maverick. Introduced by Legend Paramount Sherry Lansingwho has been a complex collaborator in Cruise’s career, greenlighting one of his most recognizable franchises, Impossible mission, begin Cruise’s career as a multi-hyphen.
During his speech, Cruise thanked Lansing for their work together and recalled his early days in Hollywood starring in the 1981s faucets, a film that first inspired him to become a producer. “I was absolutely amazed by the craftsmanship and also the sheer amount of effort it took to make a movie,” Cruise said of seeing the production behind the scenes. “I was overwhelmed by what I didn’t know.” He then thanked those close to him in his career, such as producer Christopher McQuarrie, director Brian De Palma and his first agent Paula Wagner. Finally, Cruise thanked the producers in the room for his decades-long career in Hollywood, “You all gave me the adventurous life I wanted.”