Hollywood blockbuster star, Tom Cruise, visited the city of Busan Thursday to receive honorary citizenship to the city in a ceremony at the Busan Cinema Center. He is in town to promote his latest film, Jack Reacher.
According to the The Hollywood Reporter, the local government is bestowing the honor for helping elevate the port city’s status as a major filmmaking center in Asia.
‘The visit of a top star and director will contribute to promoting Busan’s important status in Asia for cinema,’ the trade quotes an official as saying. ‘The city has decided to award the honorary citizenship in recognition to his contribution to the industry.’
Costar Rosamund Pike and director, Christopher McQuarrie, will each receive special citizenship certificates from Mayor Hur Nam-sik.
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I am very excited to go to Busan, Cruise said in Seoul on Thursday morning. And to become an honorary citizen. I feel very honored and excited about it. I wish you all a happy New Year.
The movie, which opened last month in the U.S., finds Cruise playing a former military police investigator, has earned generally positive reviews notching $121 million in worldwide ticket sales according to E! Online.
The film will open in Korean theaters on January 17th.