Corden shared the story with his “The Late Late Show with James Corden” audience on Aug. 24, 2021, after news broke that Cruise had landed his helicopter in the garden of a family in the United Kingdom.
“True story about Tom Cruise. This summer, no way to say this without sounding like a p***k; it’s true. This summer, me and Tom Cruise were texting about meeting up in London,” said Corden.
Corden said Cruise “sent me a text saying, ‘Whereabouts are you staying?’ and I said, ‘I’m staying in St. Johns Wood,’ which is pretty central in London. He said, ‘Cool, can I land my helicopter there?’ And I just presumed he was joking.”
Corden then proceeded to take out his cell phone, reading the text message exchange aloud for his audience, and turning the phone toward the camera.
The messages showed Cruise had texted Corden.
“What? You are here? We gotta find some time to grab some dinner. Are you at Coworth? I can land my Heli there (sic).”
In the texts, Corden replied he was staying in the United Kingdom until August 2021.
“Would love to see you x,” said Corden.
The “Jerry Maguire” star responded, “We are going to make that happen. Can I land my Heli in your yard? T (sic).”
Corden sent the actor a string of laughing, crying emojis that caused Cruise to text back, “Does this mean, no?”
“I’ll measure it out, but my hunch is you can’t land a helicopter in St. Johns Wood,” said Corden replying to Cruise.
“You’d be surprised where I can land,” said Cruise.
Earlier in August 2021, Cruise surprised a family in the United Kingdom when his helicopter landed in Alison Webb’s Warwickshire garden, as the nearby Coventry Airport was temporarily shut down, as per reports.
“It turned out to be an incredible day. It was surreal; I still now can’t believe it happened,” said Webb.
She and her family were told their field was needed for an unnamed “VIP who was running late,” and to their surprise, the “Top Gun: Maverick” star stepped out of the chopper.
“I thought it would be kind of cool for the kids to see the helicopter land in the garden. He (Cruise) arrived and got out, and it was like ‘Wow,’” she said.
Cruise even let her kids enjoy a ride in the helicopter as he attended a meeting nearby.
“He went straight over to the children for a chat, then came over and elbow bumped us and said, ‘thank you very much.’ Then he asked if the kids would like they could go up in the helicopter,” said Webb.
They caused quite a stir with starstruck locals, making an appearance at the Wimbledon finals last month.
“Mission: Impossible 7” is expected to debut in theaters in May 2022.
(With inputs from ANI)
Edited by Ojaswin Kathuria and Nikita Nikhil
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