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Top Gun: Maverick Pitched Miles Teller to Tom Cruise Using a Photoshopped Mustache

Top Gun: Maverick’ is a big cinematic reunion of actor Tom Cruise and filmmaker Joseph Kosinski, who joined forces again after ‘Oblivion’, he also brought in Miles Teller, the guy who starts by making a bar full of crowd sing ‘Great Balls of Fire’. Miles Teller worked with Kosinski in ‘Only the Brave’, which was the 48-year-old filmmaker’s first casting selection while the latter was developing a storyline for Tom Cruise’s Maverick. He featured in the film as Bradley Bradshaw, the son of Maverick’s radar intercept officer Nick “Goose” Bradshaw.

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Miles Teller on joining Top Gun Maverick
Miles Teller on joining Top Gun Maverick

The filmmaker came up with the idea of highlighting Rooster and Maverick’s detailed dynamic in the movie, and said that the element played a crucial part in helping Tom Cruise to decide that it was time for a sequel to the 1986 blockbuster hit ‘Top Gun’.

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Top Gun: Maverick Maker Photoshopped Miles Teller’s Mustache for Tom Cruise

Joseph Kosinski talked about Miles Teller's role in the film
Joseph Kosinski talked about Miles Teller’s role in the film

Joseph Kosinski revealed:

“I was actually in a post on ‘Only the Brave,’ this was May 2017, so Miles Teller was on my mind. The relationship in that movie is a very paternal one with Josh Brolin’s character. So I showed Tom a picture of Miles because Miles has blond hair in that film. And I think I’d Photoshopped a mustache on him. I’m like, ‘I just worked with this kid. He’s really good.’ We still went through the audition process, and Miles won the role on his own.”

Top Gun: Maverick, has reached many box office records since its release, easily gliding through a record-breaking $160 million during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. It is speculated to smash the $250 million record towards the end of its second weekend.

Top Gun Maverick, Tom Cruise
Top Gun Maverick, Tom Cruise

The filmmaker further added:

“But because I had made a film with [Tom] before, I knew I had to grab him emotionally. So I opened with the idea that this is a rite-of-passage story like the first film. The first film is a drama, even though it’s wrapped in this glossy action film. This would be the same thing, but it would be Maverick reconciling with Goose’s son set against this mission that would take them both deep into enemy territory. And as soon as I said that, I could see the wheels in his head start to turn.”

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