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Tom Cruise’s Infamous Christmas Tradition Left Top Gun 2 Co-Star Glen Powell Awestruck as Actor Braces For Another Holiday Surprise

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Top Gun actor Tom Cruise is the embodiment of Hollywood success and stardom. The actor’s career spanning the better part of the past 4 decades has brought some of the best films to the big screen and most recently, he was lauded for reinventing the theatregoing experience with the billion-dollar sequel, Top Gun: Maverick. 

However, his films are not the only aspects of his career that made Tom Cruise a venerated and ubiquitous movie star, who has production houses on speed dial and about whom his industry co-workers speak only with great admiration.

Tom Cruise delivers an exhilarating high with Top Gun Maverick
Tom Cruise delivers an exhilarating high with Top Gun: Maverick

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Tom Cruise’s Coveted Hollywood Christmas Tradition

According to Glen Powell, the Top Gun: Maverick actor who launched into mainstream Hollywood with his role as Hangman, alongside Miles Teller, Val Kilmer, Jon Hamm, and Monica Barbaro, had become quite close to the film’s titular actor, Tom Cruise over the months of the shoot and its post-production. However, now that Christmas approaches, the actor reveals an insider secret related to Cruise and the holiday season.

“Tom Cruise has this amazing tradition every holiday he sends a Tom Cruise cake. The Cruise cake is a very famous thing. If you’ve worked with Tom Cruise or done a Tom Cruise movie, you get this Tom Cruise cake. Over the course of time, it’s turned into this global operation where every Christmas he’ll send out I don’t even know how many thousands of cakes… but it’s the most delicious cake you’ve ever had.”

Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise

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In an interview with Jennifer Hudson, Powell unveiled the long-held rumors of the coveted Cruise cake and proved it to indeed be true. It was once reported by a Guardian columnist, Stuart Heritage that upon pestering the megastar for over a year about the secret tradition, even the journalist was sent one on Christmas. He later claimed:

“I was expecting it to be a little on the dry side. Not so. This is a soft, silky, luxurious thing, so impossibly rich that it almost defies description. Is it the best cake I have ever eaten? Very possibly.”

According to reports, the deliveries are made by a private jet and the cakes, which are said to be white chocolate coconut bundts, are picked up from Doan’s Bakery in California.

Tom Cruise Honored For 40 Years in Hollywood

At the 75th annual Cannes film Festival, Tom Cruise was honored for his magnificent contribution to Hollywood and his incredible 40-year journey in the industry. At the event, the star’s Top Gun sequel not only received an outstanding 5-minute standing ovation but Cruise was also tributed prior to the main event with a 15-minute career montage and a masterclass organized in his honor. He was later awarded the honorary Palme d’Or.

Tom Cruise receives the honorary Palme d'Or at Cannes '22
Tom Cruise receives a Palme d’Or d’honneur at Cannes 2022

Also read: Tom Cruise Cannes Tribute: Biggest Highlights From The Special Presentation

The 2022 Cannes also witnessed the actor descending at the venue with eight fighter jets flying overhead and spray coloring the French flag in honor of the film festival’s long-standing host country. Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick has ever since been credited to revive the experience of watching big-budget productions in theatres and bringing the audiences out from the confines of the direct-to-streaming practice that had become a staple in recent years, especially with the shroud of the pandemic.

Top Gun: Maverick debuts on Paramount+ on December 22, 2022.

Source: The Jennifer Hudson Show

Written by Diya Majumdar

At 25, Diya Majumdar is inching closer to getting to the bottom of every film and television's history in existence. Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, DU, her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema, with more than 900 published articles on Fandomwire. She is a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh and boasts of being an avid painter of all their troubled works.