Tom Cruise may as well be an honorary member of the Big 5 at this point, given that a sighting of Mr Cruise has become many locals’ very own ‘Mission Impossible’.
However, recent reports and video footage from locals indicate that meeting Mr Cruise hasn’t been quite so impossible after all, and dubbed a delightful experience.
This was the case for gathered fans who waited eagerly to see Cruise after he had finished filming for the day in Hoedspruit.
Hoedspruit? You might think in shock if you weren’t aware that Cruise is currently in South Africa.
If you haven’t had access to the internet in the last few weeks, or have something personal against Hollywood (and now Hoedspruit’s) sweetheart, you’d be forgiven for not knowing that the actor is currently taking over parts of Limpopo (or at least its hearts).
Mr Cruise is currently filming the latest instalment of Mission Impossible, and he and his team journeyed to the land of Ouma’s rusks, biltong and chakalaka (Mzanzi) to complete the mission.
Fans got to chat to an understandably tired, yet wonderfully conversational Cruise upon their waiting at a Hoedspruit wildlife estate.
Cruise is seen landing by helicopter and seems to be about to get into a vehicle when he is charmed by the warmth of the locals and decides to say ‘howzit’ (in his own way of course) offering everyone his famous smile and returning the warmth in waves.
Local Mel Owtram filmed the unofficial meet and greet where Cruise can be seen standing in the centre of a sand-drawn heart housing his name, drawn by Mel’s daughter, Savanna.
He engages kindly with the people, talking excitedly about the animals he had seen (cheetahs and lions) and marvelling at the landscape’s beauty.
“Are you going to move here?” one local can be heard asking him.
“I’d love to. It’d be nice to live here permanently,” Cruise replies.
He further went on to thank everyone, saying that the hospitality means a lot to him.
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The people sound positively enthralled in the video, which sets an exciting indicator of how Mr Cruise is in person because if we’re being honest, it’s always a letdown when celebrities (or people in general) aren’t kind.
We’ll be looking forward to his travels to Cape Town soon as the Mother City is also set to be the stage for the film’s scenes.
Picture: Mel Owtram