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“She Absolutely Killed It”: Top Gun: Maverick Flight Coordinator Says Monica Barbaro is a Better Pilot Than Tom Cruise

Top Gun: Maverick bagged all of our attention with their realistic approach to shooting the aerial sequences. Owing to its record-breaking release, the same won’t be wrong. Any viewer who walked out of the theatre had just one query, ” Was it all real? If yes then how?” We totally understand the dilemma and confusion and the fact that we all truly appreciate how the movie turned out. No doubt it received 5 minutes standing ovation at Cannes Film Festival.

Top Gun: Maverick
Poster of Tom Cruise led Top Gun: Maverick

Tom Cruise is known for performing his own stunts and he wanted his stars Miles Teller, Monica Barbaro, and Glen Powell to adhere to the same and learn how to fly. This is how the film’s aerial coordinator, Kevin LaRosa Jr. came into frame.

Monica Barbaro absolutely ‘Killed it’ in Top Gun: Maverick

LaRosa Jr. teamed with Cruise to construct an intensive flight curriculum that began with the actors flying in a smaller plane, a Cessna 172, to familiarise them with taking off, landing, and knowing where to look and place their hands. It also helped them understand the feeling of a little g-force. After the cast had become used to it, they were promoted to the next level one by one.

Monica Barbaro - Top Gun: Maverick Flight Coordinator Says Monica Barbaro is a Better Pilot Than Tom Cruise
Monica Barbaro

LaRosa Jr., who has spent his life being an aerial coordinator, flying, and instructing, appreciates the cast’s talent. He claims that Monica Barbaro was the most impressive.“She absolutely killed it, and did a good job of adjusting to the physiological effects of everything.”

Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick
Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick

The training program prepared the actors so that when they were ready to fly and shoot, they could deliver on Cruise’s desire for the greatest performances imaginable. The jet-to-jet photography allowed the audience to go live with the fighter jets while IMAX cameras were mounted on the inside and outside of the F/A-18, according to LaRosa Jr.

Top Gun: Maverick, directed by Joseph Kosinski is now playing in theatres starring Tom Cruise in the lead role.

Written by Varshit Sharma

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