In typical Tom Cruise fashion, Top Gun: Maverick did not premiere with an old red carpet on Hollywood Boulevard. Instead, ahead of its Cannes film debut in just a few weeks, Paramount unveiled the action flick on Wednesday that featured a San Diego acquisition of the retired aircraft carrier USS Midway — and a real action-star entrance.
While his castmates took a more grounded approach, Cruise, a licensed pilot, arrived by helicopter, landed on the ship’s edge and stepped to the red carpet entrance to the cheers of fans, joking that an Uber entrance is just too was simple. The over-the-top move was the start of a premiere spectacle, with jet flyovers, uniformed military personnel and a star-studded cast for the highly anticipated sequel.
It’s been 35 years since the original Top Gun, and the follow-up has been in discussion for a decade, producer Jerry Bruckheimer said. Director Joseph Kosinski threw Cruise and the creative team de Independent thinking person story, complete with poster idea and lookbook, and “after he finished pitching, Tom grabbed his phone and called Paramount and said, ‘I’m making another Top Gun movie,’” Bruckheimer told The Hollywood Reporter†
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The producer also confirmed that Cruise is really behind the dash in all those action scenes (“Every time you see him flying, it’s him in that jet”) and said no stunt was deemed too big for the star: “You can don’t pull Tom Cruise back. He’s going to do what he’s going to do.”
Alongside an all-star cast of new pilots — including Miles Teller, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Jay Ellis, Monica Barbaro, Danny Ramirez and Greg Tarzan Davis — the film sees a return of one of the favorites from the original, in Val Kilmer’s Iceman. .
“Tom said, ‘I’m not making the movie without Val’, and of course we had to talk to Val; he was ready, he helped create the scene with us,” Bruckheimer recalls of the actor, who added his speaking voice. lost after a battle with throat cancer.”It was a very emotional day – you saw Maverick and Iceman back on screen after 36 years.”
And now back to those new recruits, who went through a rigorous Tom Cruise boot camp to look like real pilots and withstand powerful g-forces while learning to fly alongside trained pilots.
“Tom doesn’t do anything half-heartedly, as we all know, and Tom put together a flight program for all of us so that by the time we graduated from F/A18, we wouldn’t pass out or vomit into the Navy’s resources,” Powell said. , who was so enamored with flying that he has since received his pilot’s license. “When Maverick teaches you to fly and that enthusiasm, it really shines.”
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Ellis says Cruise’s schedule often included two or three hours of swimming, followed by two hours of flying: “We were all terrified, but I think there was a point where we all looked at each other and said, ‘We’ve got this. We might be able to figure this out.’”
And to show off those physical results, the movie features a beach soccer scene that mirrors the iconic beach volleyball moment from the original movie. “We probably all had four or five coats of different oils on us to really make the muscles pop,” Ellis joked. “No one could stand next to a flame or it could get dangerous, but we had a great time.”
The cast also spoke of conversations they had with Cruise about his vision for the film, with Teller playing Nick “Goose” Bradshaw’s son in the sequel, noting that “Tom really gave me a lot of freedom.”
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“That Goose thing, being the ultimate wingman that Anthony… [Edwards] did so well — him and Tom, you can just tell they’re having a blast in that first one,” Teller said. “I think Tom really wanted the actors to feel comfortable; they were cast for a reason and rely on your instincts – and if your instincts were wrong, Tom would let you know. But he was such a great ally to all of us and just the ultimate cheerleader. He really wants everyone to win.”
Powell added, “Tom Cruise is Maverick. Off screen, he’s just as cool as he is on screen.”
After the four-hour tapestry, the stars of the film, including Jon Hamm, Jennifer Connelly, Charles Parnell and Bashir Salahuddin, made their way to San Diego’s Civic Center Theater for the debut screening, which Cruise introduced with a standing ovation to the sailors of the navy in the audience.
Top Gun: Maverick opens in theaters on May 27.