Martin Scorsese Let Tony Scott Borrow Tom Cruise For 1 Day, Helped Film 1 of the Most Iconic Scenes in ‘Top Gun’

Tom Cruise needed Martin Scorsese's permission to go for the Top Gun reshoots

Martin Scorsese Let Tony Scott Borrow Tom Cruise For 1 Day, Helped Film 1 of the Most Iconic Scenes in ‘Top Gun’

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  • Top Gun required reshoots for one of the most iconic scenes of the film and that required Martin Scorsese's permission.
  • Tom Cruise was filming Color of Money at that moment and got permission of only one day from the director.
  • Cruise and Kelly McGillis's hair became a problem because of how different they were.
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Tom Cruise’s works in the Hollywood industry are no short of masterpieces. Each movie is filled with talent in an unconditional manner and none of those go unnoticed by the audience either. He is a man filled with skill both for acting and for stuntwork. He would go above and beyond time and again just to satisfy his own need to do his stunts. Needless to say, those attempts pay off well with praise. 

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Out of his most iconic films, it is Top Gun that seems to stand out the most. There have been various changes made here and there throughout the course of the film to make it the cult classic that it is today. However, one scene in particular would not have come to be had it not been for Martin Scorsese. 

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Tom Cruise was Borrowed from Martin Scorsese

During the reshoots that were done for Top Gun, Tom Cruise was already busy filming Color of Money. So his schedule was already termed hectic and busy. One scene in particular needed him to be present. The intimate scene between his character and the character of Kelly McGillis. In order to get him to come, they needed Martin Scorsese’s approval as well. 

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“Tom was shooting Color of Money in Chicago. Kelly was not shooting anything, but had cut all her hair off. It was all very short. And so Tony and the crew. Don and Jerry. I guess flew to Chicago, got permission from Color of Money, from Scorsese, could they shoot that Sunday? One day with Tom.”

According to a clip shared by John Anderton’s Mushy Face on X, they went out of their way to get Tom Cruise for the scene’s shoot. They flew all the way to Chicago so as to borrow the actor. Even if it meant getting permission for one day. 

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Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis’s Hair Became a Problem

In the clip that was shared, it was also revealed that both the actors’ hairs became rather problematic seeing how they were drastically different from when they first shot the film. While Kelly McGillis’s hair was covered with a baseball cap, Tom Cruise’s was tamed in another way.

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Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick

“They flew Kelly there. They put a baseball cap on her which you can see in the scene in the elevator when Cruise got into the elevator. She’s wearing a baseball-style cap. Cruise is all wet. Like he just got out of the shower and his hair is all wet down. Because his hair was completely different for Color of Money than it had been for this movie. So we reshot that scene in the elevator.”

His hair was made wet to lie flat on his head, making it seem as if he was right out of the shower. The entire scene was reshot in order to comply with both their schedules. So much so that it was shot in Chicago altogether.

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Adya Godboley

Written by Adya Godboley

An avid writer fluent in everything Marvel, Adya Godboley is an Assistant Content Lead for FandomWire. She has rich experience in critically analyzing all that is said in between the lines. Hopelessly obsessed with Greek Mythology, she is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in English from K.R. Mangalam University. Adya has written over 1300 articles on various topics expressing her passion and love for all things entertainment.