Any Tom Cruise fan will tell you that the actor is an adrenaline junkie who throws himself fully into every stunt he performs. Return to the cockpit for Top Gun: Maverick was no different. Becoming Maverick once again allowed him to take the original film’s high-flying stunts up a notch. But it wasn’t just Cruise who had to be ready to fly, as his co-stars had to learn the ropes on fighter jets. Just weeks away from its debut sequel, a new video showed the insane flight training of the Upper gun the actor and company have been there.
With the Hollywood icon as star and producer, he wanted to make sure he and the actors were ready to shoot realistic aviation scenes. the Impossible mission stalwart recruited the Navy and the real Top Gun school to help achieve this goal. He delved into how the specific plan came together before filming began.
Of course, Tom Cruise wanted to fly real jets (see: his death challenge M: I waterfalls for reference). the Cocktail The actor wasn’t alone in promoting the idea of aviation training, as legendary producer Jerry Bruckheimer echoed that sentiment, saying:
Three months of flight training may seem outrageous, but it was necessary to film these realistic dogfight scenes. But creating and implementing the training plan was not left to Bruckheimer or a production coordinator, but to Cruise himself. According to co-star Monica Barbaro (aka Phoenix), the Hollywood actor has taken the reins when it comes to flight training.
Like any Tom Cruise action movie, the lineup stopped to prepare the cast to fly an F-18. There were levels to training on fighter jets. The movie icon made aviation training easier by starting them in a single plane to develop spatial awareness. Eventually, the cast switched to an L-39 for aerobatic practice before switching to the F-18 to practice launching from a naval aircraft carrier.
But learning to fly powerful fighter jets was only part of the intense regimen the actors went through to prepare for the film’s intense flight scenes. You can see what else the cast went through to prepare for the robbery by watching the reveal video below.
This flight sequence was intense and exciting at the same time. At least viewers know the cast is committed to giving them the best aviation scenes possible. There’s a deeper appreciation for those fight scenes from the sequel trailer. It came thanks to maverick director Joseph Kosinski, who wanted to put the actors in the air for an authentic rendering.
Stars Miles Teller and Lewis Pullman shared what it was like to participate in Cruise’s training program. The former called it “Tom Cruise boot camp” involving fitness and stunts while the latter admitted to throwing up in the cockpit (not on camera, though).
It’s only a matter of time before moviegoers get a chance to see all the high-flying action in Top Gun: Maverick. The action flick hits theaters on May 27. To see what’s coming this spring, check out our 2022 movie schedule for all the new releases.