Tom Cruise and the cast & crew of the upcoming movie Top Gun: Maverick discussed various elements of their intense training process in a behind-the-scenes video. In the clip shared on Tom Cruise Instagram, the actor and his castmates were seen flying in fighting jets while working on the long-awaited sequel to the hit 1986 action-drama feature.
Cruise noted that he and the movie team wanted to start the project by producing a solid storyline. “I wasn’t ready to make a sequel until we had a special story worthy of a sequel,” he said. The performer also noted that he and Top Gun: Maverick cast held off on working on the sequel until ‘technology evolved so we could delve deeper into the experience of a fighter pilot.’
Cruise then made a point of emphasizing the intense training that the movie’s cast underwent during the project’s production process. He recalled that “we worked with the navy and the Top Gun school to formulate how to shoot it practically because if we’re going to do it, we’re going to fly F-18s.” At one point, several actors were seen working with Navy service members during aquatic practice sessions that involved performers being placed into a rotating device and being held underwater.
Cast member Greg Tarzan Davis said, “It’s intense. You’re flipped, inverted, and you have to try to get out.” Video of Top Gun: Maverick’s cast members moving from aircraft to aircraft was also shown, and many of the actors appeared to be excited by the prospect of performing in the air. ‘Everyone thought it would be impossible for actors to really be in the jets, but that’s the gift that Tom gave us,’ he said.
Cruise concluded by stating, “I’m very proud of what we all accomplished. Each one of them is extraordinary.” The forthcoming movie has been in the works for several years and it is currently set to have its world premiere later this month. Top Gun: Maverick is set to have its world premiere at CinemaCon on April 28, and it will have its wide release in the United States on May 27.