Once upon a time, veteran actor Jason Statham was not well-known in Hollywood. 1998’s release of a film had a profound effect on the lives of many individuals who are now prominent in the film industry. Without a buyer, the film was destined for the trash heap. However, Tom Cruise saved the day by proclaiming it “the best movie ever,” thereby influencing thousands of lives and creating a number of well-known figures.
How Tom Cruise preserved the careers of Guy Ritchie and Jason Statham. Guy Ritchie is currently one of the best directors in the business. He is well-known for directing films such as Sherlock Holmes, Aladdin, and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. But in 1998, the director did not receive much recognition. For the film Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, the director exerted considerable effort. It is unfortunate that the film was not purchased by a distributor. Matthew Vaughn (famous for directing the Kingsman series) was also involved with the film. He contacted Trudi Styler, one of the film’s investors, and requested that she contact Tom Cruise, whom she knew would be attending the buyer’s screening.
Distributors attend the buyer’s screening for the premiere of a film in order to purchase the rights and distribute it. Tom Cruise, being Tom Cruise, attended the screening (which is quite unusual) and viewed the film. Tom Cruise stated, “This is the best movie I’ve seen in years.” Tom Cruise stood up at the conclusion of the film and stated, “This is the best film I’ve seen in years; you would be fools not to purchase it.” The buyers then engaged in a bidding war for the film’s rights, which ultimately landed in the pockets of Universal Pictures, DreamWorks, and several others. The film’s success at the box office boosted Jason Statham’s Hollywood career, while Guy Ritchie was recognized as a great director. Matthew Vaughn was also passionate about directing and writing, and he went on to direct the acclaimed Kingsman series and X-Men: First Class.