“That’s kind of maybe an uncomfortable thing for him to do”: While Top Gun: Maverick Stars Were Working Out Like Maniacs For the Beach Scene, Lewis Pullman Had Different Plans

Lewis Pullman has a logical reason why Lt. Robert ‘Bob’ Floyd kept his shirt on.

Lewis Pullman Top Gun Maverick Beach Scene


  • Lewis Pullman revealed why his Top Gun: Maverick character remained clothed during the beach scene.
  • He stated that Floyd might feel uncomfortable removing his shirt due to his reserved nature.
  • Top Gun producer Jerry Bruckheimer shared positive updates about the third installment.
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Working out for movies can be rigorous as actors need to make their bodies look good, but one star from Top Gun: Maverick refused to take part. Lewis Pullman, who played Lt. Robert ‘Bob’ Floyd in the Tom Cruise film, opted not to engage in heavy exercise.

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Lewis Pullman in Top Gun: Maverick / Paramount Pictures

He has a logical reason, though. The actor has no qualms about getting fit or taking off his shirt, but his character does not need any of it. In fact, Pullman believed Floyd wouldn’t necessarily do it.

Lewis Pullman Reveals Why He Didn’t Remove His Shirt In Top Gun: Maverick’s Beach Scene 

During an exclusive interview with US Weekly, actor Lewis Pullman shared he was the only one who did not get ripped for the beach scene in Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick. His costars Miles Teller, Glen Powell, Monica Barbaro, and Jay Ellis prepped for it, but Pullman had to skip.


The whole cast was undergoing some serious battles of impulse to get ready for that scene. Everyone was working out like crazy. I was playing Bob, who’s a bit more of a library dweller. I was like, you know, I think it’ll just feel a little dissonant if Bob takes his shirt off and he is a little ripped.

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Beach scene in Top Gun: Maverick / Paramount Pictures

Indeed, someone who is a bit shy and reserved won’t have the confidence to take off their clothes in public. Pullman’s interpretation of his character is quite convincing.

I think that’s kind of maybe an uncomfortable thing for him to do. I think he’s a bit more of a kind of reserved, quiet guy. He kind of likes to watch how things play out before he really inserts himself into a situation, and so I was one of the only people who really wasn’t hitting.

Pullman also revealed a funny thing Powell told him while working out. He said the Anyone But You actor was whispering something to himself while doing lateral flies. When asked by Pullman, his costar said, “Montage’s last forever.”

It simply means that movies are going to last for many decades, and however he looked in the film will be seen and remembered by the audience, so he needed to show his best look.


Updates On Tom Cruise’s Top Gun 3

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Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick / Paramount Pictures

Lewis Pullman said that Tom Cruise won’t make another Top Gun film for the sake of doing it. The potential next installment must feel like a continuation that is both necessary and earned.

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer previously confirmed via Screen Rant that they already have an idea for Top Gun 3.

We have a story. Joe Kosinski had a wonderful story idea for it, and he [Tom Cruise] said I really like that, so we’re developing it. But you never know when it’s going to get made because Tom is so busy.

It’s true that the Mission: Impossible actor has a lot of projects on his plate so it’s definitely going to be a matter of time before they find the perfect schedule to film the next Top Gun movie.


Hopefully, Cruise likes their screenplay as it’s going to be his decision in the end. Meanwhile, fans can stream both the 1986 and the 2022 Top Gun films via Paramount+.


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Ariane Cruz, Senior Content Writer. She has been contributing articles for FandomWire since 2021, mostly covering stories about geek pop culture. With a degree in Communication Arts, she has an in-depth knowledge of print and broadcast journalism. Her other works can also be seen on Screen Rant and CBR.