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Top Gun: Maverick: Tom Cruise Didn’t Want Green Screens, Wanted To Perform Life Threatening Fighter Jet Stunts

Top Gun: Maverick is just around the corner. The film has blockbuster written all over it. Tom Cruise fans everywhere are very excited about this film, which comes 35 years after the original. The prequel remains a fan favorite and therefore expectations for the sequel are sky-high.

The prequel, Top Gun (1986), was one of the most memorable films of Tom Cruise’s career. In that movie, Cruise starred as pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. He, along with his co-pilot Goose (Anthony Edwards) took part in the Navy’s top school for fighter pilots. Maverick was highly confident and went further than others. Unsurprisingly, he met with a tragic accident and lost his confidence. Ultimately, however, he bounces back and the film concludes with a happy ending. Apparently, Tom Cruise wanted to perform risky fighter jet stunts for the film. We take a closer look at this and more in this article.

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Tom Cruise Didn’t Want Green Screens, Wanted To Perform Life-Threatening Fighter Jet Stunts

Tom cruise didnt want to use green screens in Top Gun sequel
Tom Cruise in the film

Co-stars gave an interview to ET Canada about the film. At one point, Miles Teller reveals that Tom Cruise didn’t want green screens, he “wanted all actors to be in the jets”.  He then went on to explain the tough regime they followed while filming this challenging film. 

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What Are Critics Saying About Top Gun: Maverick?

Tom cruise didnt want to use green screens in Top Gun sequel
A Still from the movie

The buzz from the critics sounds positive. Things look good for the Tom Cruise movie. Take a look at a few reactions to Top Gun: Maverick from Twitter.

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Top Gun: Maverick Release Date and Cast

Tom cruise didnt want to use green screens in Top Gun sequel
Tom Cruise, the lead star in the Top Gun sequel

The Top Gun sequel releases in theaters on May 27 in the US and May 25 in the UK. The film includes Tom Cruise as Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell, Miles Teller as Bradley ‘Rooster’ Bradshaw, Val Kilmer as Tom ‘Iceman’ Kazansky, and Jennifer Connelly as Penny Benjamin among others. 

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Written by Angad Singh

Angad is the Exclusive Editorials Head at FandomWire. Besides editing and writing duties, he procures material and manages the direction of our site's exclusive editorials. A lawyer by degree and a writer at heart, he prefers sleep over everything.