Hollywood star Tom Cruise who’s all set to reprise his role as pilot Peter ‘Maverick’ Mitchell in the upcoming sequel Top Gun: Maverick, reveals he never thought Top Gun 2 will ever happen as they were unable to crack the perfect follow up story also the mission Impossible star never wanted to do the sequel just for the sake of making the film.
The actor also revealed that he even mentioned this to producer Jerry Bruckheimer to forget about making a part two. After the release of the first film, many fans and reporters told him to do the sequel but Tom didn’t know how the story will move forward, he said, “Everywhere I went, people would be like, ‘Do Top Gun’, and I’m like, “Guys, I don’t know how to do it.”
However when the makers came up with a perfect script the 57-year-old star became excited to do the film, also he wanted to do his own stunts as he wanted the film to be cinematically authentic and avoid using CGI, “We just started talking, and I realized 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.”
Producer Jerry reveals how different this movie from the first part, he said, “What’s different about this movie is that [in 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. 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 made sure every actor fly the jets themselves, he mentioned this to the Paramount Studios, “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.”
Top Gun was the film that kickstarted Tom’s Hollywood career and made him a household name and almost after a decade the actor is all set to charm on the big screen the same as he did back in 1986.