We know fans are already buckled up to experience the extreme G-force while watching Tom Cruise starring “Top Gun Maverick”. It is going to be a hell of a ride.
- Tom Cruise wasn’t in the mood to make Top Gun Maverick.
- Tom Cruise revealed he “Never wanted a Top Gun Sequel”.
- What forced Tom Cruise to do “Top Gun Maverick”?
- Why the Hollywood Superstar issued a warning to the Studio?
But do you know we were on the edge of not getting a sequel to Top Gun? Yes, Tom Cruise, who plays Maverick in the movie, was never in the mood to make a Top Gun sequel.
Fans are at the ecstasy after watching the clips of Tom Cruise flying Super Hornet in “Top Gun Maverick”. In the trailers of Top Gun Maverick, we can see Tom Cruise aka Lt. Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell flying in Super Hornet and playing around in the skies and defying death. Maverick, played by Tom Cruise, in Top Gun Maverick is returning to the skies after being a top aviator in Navy for 30 years.
This time, he’s not returning as a pilot, but as a teacher and trainer for a group of Top Gun pilots, to train them for a special mission. However, Top Gun Maverick wasn’t always on the plans for Tom Cruise. Yes, you read it right. Tom Cruise was in the mood to say no to the sequel of one of his most popular movies from the late 90s.
Tom Cruise wasn’t in the mood to make Top Gun Maverick
The Hollywood superstar is known to risk his life with each movie he appears in, never wanted to make a sequel to his one of the most memorable movies “Top Gun”. Why? The actor himself explained in a recent interview, that why after being Maverick in Top Gun once, he never thought of playing the character again.
Tom Cruise revealed he “Never wanted a Top Gun Sequel”.
Tom Cruise said, “Everywhere I went, people would be like, ‘Do Top Gun’, and I’m like, ‘Guys, I don’t know how to do it’,” – the actor further explained his dilemma – “I don’t know what the story is. I don’t make movies just to make movies. I was like, ‘Jerry (Bruckheimer, producer), it’s never going to happen’. I honestly never thought I would make it.” Tom Cruise, just like all of us, is very attached to the original Top Gun, thus, even the idea of making a sequel scared him of ruining it.
What forced Tom Cruise to do “Top Gun Maverick”?
Even after never wanting to do a Top Gun sequel, what was it that lured Tom Cruise is getting back on screen as Maverick? According to the actor, it was Bruckheimer’s thoughts of the movie that got him excited for a sequel, as he started imagining possibilities.
“We just started talking. And I realised that there were things that we could accomplish cinematically. And I started getting excited about this big challenge of, ‘How do we do it?’ So, I said to Jerry, ‘I’ll do it if…’ meaning, I’m not going to do the CGI stuff.”
It’s obvious that you can’t expect Tom Cruise to perform his stunts in front of a Green screen, over layered cushioning. The man seeks risks, he wants heights, he loves adventures.
Tom Cruise did what he said with Top Gun Maverick, and Bruckheimer is the witness. “What’s different about this movie is that [in the original Top Gun] we put the actors in the F-14s and we couldn’t use one frame of it, except some stuff on Tom, because they all threw up,” said Bruckheimer. “It’s hysterical to see their eyes roll back in their heads. So, everything was done on a gimbal. But in this movie, Tom wanted to make sure the actors could actually be in the F-18s.”
Tom Cruise issued a warning to the Studio regarding “Top Gun Maverick”
Once Tom Cruise decided to be Maverick once again and make a Top Gun sequel, he then left no stones unturned to make it an unforgettable experience. According to Top Gun star, he very specifically told the studio about what he wanted from this movie, and how he wanted.
“I said to the studio, ‘You don’t know how hard this movie’s going to be. No-one’s ever done this before.’ There’s never been an aerial sequence shot this way. I don’t know if there ever will be again, to be honest,” Tom Cruise revealed.