Tom Cruise wasn’t planning on hanging around for a grid interview with F1 icon Martin Brundle. The Hollywood megastar had a very quick conversation with Brundle ahead of the British Grand Prix before giving the host a pat on the shoulder to leave the scene.
Compared to some of the other celebrities we’re used to seeing on the grid, Cruise was pretty polite, although it was clear he was eyeing up a daring escape – much like we’re used to seeing in his Mission Impossible movies. Brundle’s grid walks have become Formula 1 folklore as of late.
Viewers watching from home absolutely love seeing the former driver awkwardly yet confidently shuffle his way through the grid, attempting to interview literally anyone and everyone. He’s been sensationally shut down by a few people in the past, his tense exchange with Megan Thee Stallion springing to mind, but it seems more and more big-name figures are happy to have a chat with him – Cruise being one of them. Approaching the Top Gun star, Brundle asked: “How are you doing?”
Martin Brundle: “Are you rooting for anyone specific today?”
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Tom Cruise surrounded by security and paparazzi…
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That dude celebrating his 50th birthday who got to talk to Martin Brundle immediately after Tom Cruise seems like he’s living his best life pic.twitter.com/iN1JYUyfNS
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To which Cruise responded: “Very well. How are you?” “Welcome to the grid again,” Brundle said. “Congratulations on the movie that’s just gone down a storm. Are you cheering for anybody particular today?”
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It was hard to make out what Cruise was saying on camera due to his softly-spoken answers, as well as Brundle waving around the microphone like he was an air traffic controller manoeuvring an airplane on Heathrow tarmac.
“Lewis (Hamilton), always,” Cruise replied. “I love to watch him racing and he’s a good friend of mine. Hopefully he has a great day.”
Tom Cruise and Lewis after the race. pic.twitter.com/uOArQYhvBW
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Cruise then gave Brundle soft tap on the arm, signalling his intention to carry on with his day as he celebrated his 60th birthday. He then politely made a hasty getaway as Brundle turned to the camera and smiled. “Got pushed around a bit,” Brundle said.