“Straight From the Heart” – Top Gun: Maverick Reunion With Tom Cruise Was Super Emotional for Val Kilmer

Top Gun: Maverick has already paved the way to the theatre serving audiences with top-class action and throwbacks to the original “Top Gun.” Tom Cruise has opened up about the most emotional reunion he experienced with Val Kilmer in Top Gun: Maverick. It’s 36 years after their character’s encounter turned into a real friendship in the original.

Tom Cruise on his very special scene with Val Kilmer
Tom Cruise reveals his very special scene with Val Kilmer

Tom Cruise featured Top Gun: Maverick once again brought back the magic of the 1986 hit “Top Gun”. We also saw two of the film’s OG stars sharing an emotional moment onscreen.

Val Kilmer on the Tom Cruise Top Gun: Maverick Reunion

Top Gun Maverick director talks about the emotional reunion
Top Gun Maverick director talks about the emotional reunion

Now Tom Cruise has fully talked about the emotional reunion he shared with Val Kilmer in Top Gun: Maverick During the red carpet, Tom Cruise talked about sharing the screen once again as Captain Pete Maverick Mitchell with Val Kilmer’s Admiral Tom Iceman Kazansky. In an interaction with Metro, Tom Cruise revealed it was a very ‘lovely’ experience for him, and one of the producers even said it was an ’emotional’ moment to witness. The actor stated:

“It was lovely. The whole experience, you know, 36 years to make this film. There were so many moments in making it that were very special, incredibly unique.”

“He’s an actor that I greatly admire, so it was wonderful.”

The emotional scene had Val Kilmer rasping through and the two prominent actors shared a hug. Back in 2017, it was uncovered that Val suffered a 2 year battle with throat cancer and had undergone surgery on his throat, which had decreased his voice to a rasp. The actor later, took to Reddit to show that his tongue is still swollen even though it is recovering and he may not sound like himself. He said it could lead to people saying that he may be still under the weather.

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Top Gun Maverick, Val Kilmer and Tom Cruise
Top Gun: Maverick, Val Kilmer, and Tom Cruise

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Well, apart from that, many watery eyes were watching the Maverick reunion, including Val Kilmer.

“I was very moved the first time I saw it. Almost 40 years is a long time for a reunion,” Kilmer tells USA TODAY over e-mail of the scene. “We laughed all day. Tom is great and surprisingly funny!!”

The director Joseph Kosinski also said that the scene’s depth was stimulated by real emotions.


“It’s a long friendship. They were both there at their career beginnings with the original ‘Top Gun.’ I’m sure there was a little bit of a rivalry back then, just like the characters,” says Kosinski. “But for both to be back in this movie, it was a really special moment. There was so much joy.”

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Written by Shreeparna Das