In the new issue of Empire, Cruise and Bruckheimer talk exclusively about their journey back to Top Gun and rekindling their dynamite creative partnership for Maverick. We just started talking, Cruise says. And I realised that there were things that we could accomplish cinematically.
As the film’s trailers have already shown, there’s an even greater physicality and heft to the flight sequences this time around – with the actors, including Cruise himself, taking to the skies for g-force-heavy action sequences. What’s different about this movie is that we put the actors in the F-14s and we couldn’t use one frame of it, except some stuff on Tom, because they all threw up, laughs Bruckheimer.
Cruise made his intentions to pursue practical thrills clear to studio Paramount before the shoot kicked off in earnest. I said to the studio, ‘You don’t know how hard this movie’s going to be. No-one’s ever done this before, the star laughs. There’s never been an aerial sequence shot this way. I don’t know if there ever will be again, to be honest.