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Tom Cruise praises Harrison Ford in rare emotional post

The Mission Impossible star is heading into a packed summer box office


Tom Cruise and Harrison Ford at their respective 2023 movie premieres
Ahad Sanwari
Ahad Sanwari - New York
Senior WriterNew York
28 June 2023
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Tom Cruise may be one of the biggest entertainers in the world, with a new Mission Impossible movie coming this July, but game recognizes game.

The actor, 60, took to Instagram with a rare personal post in which he shared his excitement for some of the upcoming summer blockbusters which will be competing with MI: Dead Reckoning Part One – and, after the pandemic decimated box office figures, encouraged fans to leave their couches for that priceless in-theater experience.

Chief among them, and releasing this very weekend, is Harrison Ford's final film as Indiana Jones, the fifth in the franchise, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.

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"This summer is full of amazing movies to see in theaters. These are just a few that we can't wait to see on the big screen," Tom's post read.

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"Congratulations, Harrison Ford, on 40 years of Indiana Jones and creating one of the most iconic characters in cinema history. You have given us countless hours of joy."

Tom Cruise holds a ticket for "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny"© Instagram
Tom threw his support behind Harrison Ford's last outing as Indiana Jones

He also added a nod to two of the other most anticipated films of the year, releasing the weekend right after Dead Reckoning and touted as its stiffest competitors for box office gold, Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer and Greta Gerwig's Barbie.

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"I love a double feature, and it doesn't get more explosive (or more pink) than one with Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer and Greta Gerwig's Barbie," he added.

Tom Cruise holds a ticket for Christopher Nolan's "Oppenheimer"© Instagram
The actor also shared his excitement for the upcoming "Oppenheimer"

The box office legend received supportive comments from fans along the lines of: "Recommending your colleagues' work in competition, that's greatness!" and: "This is why Tom Cruise is the GOAT. Cares about the entire industry as a whole, not just his films."

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MI7 releases in theaters on July 12, and at the UK premiere, Tom spoke exclusively with HELLO! about some of his favorite memories from the franchise.

Tom Cruise holds a ticket for Greta Gerwig's "Barbie"© Instagram
Tom shouted out "Barbie" as well, which releases the weekend after "MI7"

""I have so many that's very difficult," he told HELLO!.

"[1996's first Mission: Impossible] is the first film I ever produced. So to be here doing this decades later, you know, to be here in Leicester Square doing this premiere, it's very special. And also with them – to be able to look at this cast and know how hard they worked…we're very excited to be able to share it with audiences." 

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Ford, 80, meanwhile is in the middle of promoting his time as the lead of his own smash franchise, and spoke to Total Film magazine in April about this being his final bow as Indiana Jones.

Harrison Ford at the GQ Magazine party in Hollywood, 2000© Getty Images
The two box office legends were also on the cover of GQ together in 2000

"This is the final film in the series, and this is the last time I'll play the character. I anticipate that it will be the last time that he appears in a film," he said.

Ford was also asked about the TV show reportedly in the works with Disney+ that might bring the character back, although said that he would "not be involved in that, if it does come to fruition."

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