Tom Cruise and Ben Stiller: Footprint Ceremony

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Tom Cruise and Ben Stiller: Footprint Ceremony

Learn English with Tom Cruise and Ben Stiller. Watch Ben Stiller honored with a traditional hand & footprint ceremony and the world-famous TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA. The special guest was Tom Cruise!

Thomas Cruise Mapother IV is an American actor and producer. He has received various accolades for his work, including three Golden Globe Awards and three nominations for Academy Awards. He is one of the highest-paid actors in the world.

Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller is an American actor, comedian, producer, film director, and screenwriter. He is the son of the comedians and actors Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara.

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Tom Cruise:

Hi, everybody. You know, I love these ceremonies. I remember as a little kid, I used to look at pictures of Man’s Chinese and the premieres they had here in these kinds of events. So, it’s a real honor for me to be here today. As today, we’re going to celebrate a great artist, Ben Stiller.

Now I’ve, you know, Ben and I grew up together. I really, first time I saw him was actually, he was doing theater in circle in the square. And then over the years, you know, he and I became very close friends and I was, you know, he’s very, he’s so generous because when I was doing Mission Impossible 2, I was looking to do a parody for MTV. So, wanted to call, you know, called up Ben to see, you know, if he’d help me out with it because he’s such a brilliant comedian.

And he and Christine… Where’s Christine? Christine, where are you? Hey, they’re on their honeymoon. And he so generously came off his honeymoon to come and help me. I was like, first of all, Christine, thank you. Because I was always, something I’ll never forget, and I’m sure you won’t either. But here’s a guy who, he came in and, you know, because you have this idea to do something, but he came in and instantly not only was helping to rewrite, but I was standing there and he was directing me.

I was like, you know, give me some notes, you know. What do you think? Is this funny? And you could see, and I knew Ben is also, you know, he’s a cinephile, like I am. He loves movies. We talk about movies, he honors films. And here he is, you know, Reality Bites is the first film that he directed. And I always knew that he wanted to direct from early on. And you see all the range of films that he’s directed, you know, with Reality Bites, Cable Guy, you know, and also another classic, Zoolander, you know, absolute classic.

And then came Tropic Thunder. And I was, had the opportunity to be directed by Ben with Les Grossman. That was, and to me, that was such a gift to be able to play that character. And Ben knows, I love his comedies.

You know, I’ve seen all of his films, you know, Meet the Fockers. You know, I love that. Night at the Museum. When you look at the range of an artist like this, but also the thing is that I know Ben and I know what it takes to do what he does, the commitment that he brings, the love of cinema, the love of storytelling, the love of an audience and entertaining an audience. And that kind of skill, that kind of talent, I think when you look back and see his movies, you have no idea how much this man cares.

And not only for his own pride, but the care that he has in terms of entertaining an audience and the detail and the range of things that he’s done. And I think I had the opportunity to see Walter Mitty and I really, I recommend that everyone goes to this film to see it, because it is not only a brilliant movie on every level of the writing, the design, the production, the performances, but it’s such a multi-layered movie.

You know, I told him, I said, you know, he and I have often spoke about Billy Wilder. And of course, I mean Jerry McGuire and that was inspired by the apartment. And I know the kind of inspiration that Ben took, you know, in making this film and making this film his own, but it’s a movie that really makes you want to go out. And I don’t wanna give away the ending because the ending is magical. But it’s a film that at the end of it, you want to go out and you want to embrace life and know that, you know, what you do with your life is something that is important. And that the journey is everything.

And I, it’s an inspiring film. I think it’s a crowning accomplishment for Ben. And I think it’s so appropriate today that he’s here being honored, you know, at this historical event. And I’m very honored to be here to announce him and give it to him. Here’s, I’d like to say, truly a brilliant artist and my dear friend, Ben Stiller. Please come on out.

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