DAYS OF BLUNDER? Nicole Kidman LEFT OUT of Tom Cruise life montage at Cannes film festival

Despite having done three films together, Nicole Kidman was not featured in the montage honoring ex-husband Tom Cruise's career


                            DAYS OF BLUNDER? Nicole Kidman LEFT OUT of Tom Cruise life montage at Cannes film festival
Nicole Kidman was not featured in the Tom Cruise montage shown at Cannes (Patrick Riviere and Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
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It is no secret that Tom Cruise's ex-wife Nicole Kidman has made an indelible mark on his professional journey. However, her stellar contribution was not represented in the 10-minute montage shown at the Cannes Film Festival in honor of the 'Mission: Impossible' star. This comes as a shock as the former couple made three films together in their 12 years of marriage.

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The montage showed highlights from Cruise's four-decade-long career as an actor. As reported by Variety, his ex-wife Kidman's absence was shocking.

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The former couple starred in three blockbuster movies between 1990 and 1999 - 'Days of Thunder,' 'Far and Away' and 'Eyes Wide Shut.' Clips from all three made it to the montage but seemed carefully selected such that Kidman was seen in none. The montage was shown before the screening of Tom Cruise's latest film - 'Top Gun: Maverick,' a sequel to the original 'Top Gun' (1986), one of his early hits. The screening was followed by a Q&A session with the superstar. 

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Tom Cruise attends the Mexico Press Day of "Top Gun: Maverick" at The Ritz Carlton Hotel on May 06, 2022 in Mexico City, Mexico (Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise first starred together in 'Days of Thunder,' a romantic action movie set in the world of motor racing. They got married in 1990, when Kidman was 23. Cruise and Kidman shared a romance both on and off-screen while filming 'Days of Thunder', but the Cannes montage only showed a clip of Cruise behind the wheel of a race car.

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Actor Tom Cruise sits inside the car used in the film "Days of Thunder" on track prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2009 in Daytona Beach, Florida (Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images)

Further, the couple's iconic collaboration on legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick's 'Eyes Wide Shut' was barely given any screentime. In the classic 1999 erotic drama, Kidman and Cruise played a married couple tormented with sexual problems.

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Dr. William Harford (Tom Cruise) and Alice Harford (Nicole Kidman) in Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut" (Photo by Warner Bros)

However, in the 10-minute montage at the Cannes Film Festival, the only scene shown from this movie was of Cruise taking off a mask. Variety reported that many of Cruise's notable co-stars were featured in the highlight reel, including Dustin Hoffman, Kirsten Dunst, and Penelope Cruz. Cruise and Kidman divorced in 2001 after 12 years of marriage amid rumors that his commitment to Scientology drove a wedge between them.

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That said, though Kidman did not make it to the montage, Cruise did discuss their previous work together at the Master Class. He said, "We worked together to find the tone: [Stanley Kubrick], Nic and I."