Tom Cruise Interview: Top Gun Maverick | Screen Rant

Fans have waited with bated breath for decades to see Tom Cruise soar the skies once more, and Top Gun: Maverick has finally delivered beyond everyone's expectations. The sequel to the 1986 classic Top Gun has already seen the highest Thursday gross ever for Paramount, with a lofty $150M opening projection, and received an incredible 97% Rotten Tomatoes rating. After all this time, audiences can once more meet Peter "Maverick" Mitchell (Cruise) - but now he's an older and wiser commander looking after eager recruits instead of being the restless youth ready to prove his worth.

While Top Gun: Maverick boasts a large ensemble cast that fleshes out the naval aviators far beyond Maverick's immediate reach, he remains the central axis around which the story revolves. Fans get a peek at the romance in his life, thanks to former flame Penny Benjamin (Jennifer Connelly, Snowpiercer), as well as significant connections such as to Goose's son Rooster (Miles Teller, The Offer). Furthermore, viewers will be thrilled and moved by the touching reunion between Maverick and Top Gun's Iceman (played by Val Kilmer).

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Screen Rant had the chance to catch Cruise on the Top Gun: Maverick red carpet, where he gushed about the significance of his moment with Iceman as well as defended the supposedly tough training the ensemble cast went through.

Screen Rant: The movie is so fun, but also so emotional, and I think one of the most emotional components is reuniting you with Val Kilmer. How do you describe that reunion?

Tom Cruise: I think people just have to see it; I don't even want to try. He's such a fine actor, and you see what he brings to this movie; the power that he has. And I think that relationship and the structure of the story, where it works, I don't want to talk about. I just want people to experience it.

Everybody talks about the hard training that the actors went through.

Tom Cruise: It wasn't that hard.

Was there a point where you were like, "I think this is too much? We're pushing them too hard?"

Tom Cruise: No, absolutely not. Absolutely not. Listen, the whole point of making films and the beauty of it is that you get to travel the world and see other cultures and be part of communities. To look and walk in someone else's shoes and feel what they are [feeling].

Making movies, you're constantly learning; you have to constantly work to become more and more competent in many different fields. And I want to tell them, that's the beauty of making movies. That's why I've always pushed my films to go international, around the world and in different communities. And to be part of that right from the beginning. It was my dream.

You've got to work. You got to work. It's not a bunch of parties and doing that, and that's what I love. And then they get to enjoy this evening.

After more than 30 years of service as one of the Navy's top aviators, Pete "Maverick" Mitchell is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. Training a detachment of graduates for a special assignment, Maverick must confront the ghosts of his past and his deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who choose to fly it.

Next: Top Gun Maverick Ending Explained

Top Gun: Maverick is currently out in theaters.



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