The US Navy denied Tom Cruise the permission to fly a $70 million fighter jet for filming Top Gun 2. All this despite Tom Cruise’s known expertise in flying. Does the US Navy think Tom Cruise is not Maverick enough?
Tom Cruise has a huge resume in flying planes, but the US Navy does not think he is Maverick enough to be in Top Gun 2. The actor is known to fly a P-51 Mustang, a helicopter, and more, yet the US Navy has clearly denied letting him in the driver’s seat of a fighter jet. On the other hand, Tom Cruise has been in a limbo in her career ever since the 90s ended.
With Top Gun 2, he is hoping to bounce back to the top of his game.
- Tom Cruise’s latest project, Top Gun 2, is a sequel to the first which was 34 years ago.
- With this movie, Tom Cruise is trying to get back after the massive failure of ‘Mummy’.
- According to him, he is actually flying planes in the movie.
- Recently, it became common knowledge that the US Navy denied him to fly a fighter jet.
- Did the actor’s arrogance cost him a Super Hornet?
Top Gun Maverick will hit the cinemas on 24 June 2020.
According to a Task & Purpose report, the US Navy clearly denied Tom Cruise to take the wheel of a fighter jet, F/A-18 Super Hornet, during the filming of Top Gun 2. The Super Hornet in question is worth $70 million!
US Navy think Tom Cruise is not Maverick enough for this fighter jet
He might be a Hollywood superstar. And yes, he might boast about doing his own stunts. But the US Navy knows that Tom Cruise is still far away from flying a fighter jet. His piloting prowess still does not qualify him for the cockpit of the F/A-18 Super Hornet.
In a new interview with Empire magazine, film producer Jerry Bruckheimer revealed that the Navy was never keen on actually letting the Hollywood actor inside the fighter jet’s cockpit.
Jerry Bruckheimer told the magazine, “The Navy wouldn’t let [Tom] fly an F-18, but he flies a P-51 in the movie, and he flies helicopters. He can do just about anything in an airplane.”
Maybe the US Navy feared that Tom Cruise was not Maverick enough for the responsibility.
Or could it be a different reason altogether?
While no one will speak it out loud but was the US Navy biased against Tom Cruise for his “arrogant” behaviour during the filming of Top Gun 2? It could be. In 2019, reports surfaced that Tom Cruise was not treating US Navy personnel with the respect they deserve.
The crew of USS Theodore (and others) shared stories that seemed to reveal the truth. Apparently, while shooting, the crew was not allowed to speak to or even look at Tom Cruise.
What do you think was the reason that the US Navy denied the fighter jet’s control to Tom Cruise for Top Gun 2?
Was it because they think Tom Cruise is not Maverick enough for the responsibility? Or was it because the Hollywood actor did not treat the US Navy personnel nicely?
Share your thoughts in the comments section below.