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“I did not know how to swim”: Tom Cruise Had the Top Gun: Maverick Cast Scared For Their Life With the Intense Under Water Survival Training

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Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick is known for its ground-breaking approach to modern-day cinema. The Joseph Kosinski-directed action/adventure movie has not only broken barriers in the world of cinematography but has also redefined what is possible. The film currently stands at a 96% Rotten Tomatoes rating and has been critically acclaimed as a cinematic masterpiece.

Top Gun: Maverick redefines modern-day cinema
Top Gun: Maverick redefines modern-day cinema

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Top Gun: Maverick Redefines Cinematic Boundaries

The Tom Cruise movie is exceptionally made and holds up every aspect of what a true spectacle should offer for cinema lovers. Top Gun: Maverick not only fulfills that purpose but also redefines genres and takes the audience on a journey spanning decades in the making. A follow-up to the original Tony Scott classic, the sequel invokes all of its predecessor’s characteristic elements and adds its flair, making Maverick stand out in its own right.

Top Gun: Maverick sets new limits of possibilities in history of cinema
Top Gun: Maverick sets new limits of possibilities with its brilliant cinematography

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Top Gun: Maverick has surpassed Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War to become the 6th highest grossing movie domestically and the 13th highest globally. Even as the film breaks records and establishes new limits, the amount of effort, training, and collaborative work that went into the making of it all is still being unraveled. Hollywood has set a new mark in cinema with Top Gun: Maverick.

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Tom Cruise Reveals Intense Training Routine For Maverick

Tom Cruise is Hollywood’s resident multi-billion dollar worth stunt man. He is vociferous in his need to learn new skills and pick up new hobbies and each of these includes one neck-breaking pet project after another. The actor has amassed a multitude of certified expertise over skills such as flying a fighter jet, a commercial plane, and performing HALO jumps — all of which have paid off as necessary skills in his franchise films.

Tom Cruise in an F-18 in Top Gun Maverick
Tom Cruise in an F-18 in Top Gun: Maverick

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However, before allowing his fellow cast and crew members to set off into the air alongside him, Cruise wanted to make sure they fully comprehended what the stunt required of them and prepare for it accordingly. He not only built a training program for the actors to understand the full mechanism of aircraft and what to do in case an emergency happens but also enlisted Olympic coaches to guide them through intensive water survival training, a Navy-mandated requirement for all F-18 pilots.

The training was claimed as a “significant physical experience” by some and challenging to the crew of Top Gun: Maverick. Watch the full video here.

Top Gun: Maverick will be soon available for streaming on Paramount Plus. Viewers can digitally purchase the film on the platform from August 23, 2022.

Source: Entertainment Tonight

Written by Diya Majumdar

At 25, Diya Majumdar is inching closer to getting to the bottom of every film and television's history in existence. Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, DU, her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema, with more than 800 published articles on Fandomwire. She is a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh and boasts of being an avid painter of all their troubled works.