Nicole Kidman’s contribution to the stellar Hollywood career of her ex-husband Tom Cruise was glossed over at the world’s biggest film festival this week. Cruise, 59, was honoured by the Cannes Film Festival with a 10-minute montage of highlights from his four-decade-long career in front of the camera.
But Kidman, 54, who made three films with the Mission: Impossible star in the 12 years they were married, was nowhere to be seen in the clips, reports Variety. The three films the couple co-starred in between 1990 and 1999 Days of Thunder, Far and Away and Eyes Wide Shut – were all featured in the highlight reel.
But none of the scenes Kidman shared with her then-husband made the cut in the montage, which was shown before a screening of Cruise’s latest film, Top Gun: Maverick, and later during a Q&A with the American superstar.
The former couple, who married in 1990 when Kidman was 23, first appeared together in Days of Thunder, a romantic action movie set in the motor-racing world. Cruise and Kidman shared a romance both on and off screen during filming, but the Cannes montage only showed a clip of Cruise behind the wheel of a race car.
Collaboration: Kidman and Cruise also co-starred in the period romance Far and Away in 1992Even the pair’s much-publicised collaboration with legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick on Eyes Wide Shut was hardly given its due.
Cruise and Kidman played a married couple with sexual problems in the erotic drama released in 1999.Kidman earned great reviews for her role, with critics singling out for praise her emotionally bruising scenes with her husband.
But at Cannes, the only scene from the film was of Cruise removing a mask. Daily Mail Australia is not suggesting Cruise asked for his ex-wife to be omitted from the montage, and there is no evidence he was involved in the editing process. Cruise and Kidman divorced in 2001 after 12 years of marriage amid rumours his commitment his Scientology drove a wedge between them.