‘It had what people wanted’: Original Top Gun Star Reveals What Made Maverick So Damn Good

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Top Gun: Maverick became a box office blockbuster the moment it entered the theatres and is still a soaring success. The sequel to 1986’s Top Gun is also a great career prospect for Tom Cruise as the movie has the highest-grossing opening weekend. Being a movie whose sequel was released decades still able to do great because of millennials and Gen X. 

Top Gun: Maverick, Tom Cruise
Top Gun: Maverick’s actor Tom Cruise

The original 1986′ movie star Star Anthony Edwards shared positive comments for the sequel. Edwards was a part of the original Top Gun as Lt. Nick “Goose” Bradshaw, the closest confidant of LT Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise). Although the character didn’t get to the sequel because of the tragic death in the first film, he still became a part of the Maverick through his now-grown son Lt. Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw played by Miles Teller.

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Original Top Gun Star Anthony Edwards and Tom Cruise
Original Top Gun Star Anthony Edwards and Tom Cruise

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Edwards in a recent interview with ET shared his viewpoint on Maverick. While the actor didn’t get to attend the film’s world premiere, Cruise personally screened it for him in New York.

“If you do the first movie, you’re lucky enough, I was lucky enough that Tom called me up. He screened it for me in person.” 

The Original Top Gun Actor Gave A Positive Review To The Sequel

Original Top Gun Star Anthony Edwards
Hollywood Star Anthony Edwards

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The original Top Gun actor gave a positive review to the film by adding, “Mission Accomplished.” “People had a certain feeling in the original one and that one [Top Gun: Maverick] does exactly what it felt like seeing it the first time, only more so. As I said to Tom, ‘mission accomplished.’ They did it. They really did though. It’s a lot of work that went into that. It had the feel, it had the tone, it had what people wanted.”

During the world premiere of Jennifer Lopez’s Halftime documentary (which is scheduled to premiere on June 14 on Netflix) at the Tribeca Film Festival, Edwards shared “It’s the biggest movie that I’m in that I never had to show up for a day of work, so it was fun.”

Top Gun: Maverick is available in theatres now.


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