Top Gun: Maverick is set for release next summer and will feature some of Tom Cruise’s most ambitious stunts to date. He and the rest of the cast have undertaken the formidable task of flying the aircraft for real this time around, with a new video demonstrating how physically gruelling coming to terms with the intensity of the G-force can be.
In a clip which he shared with his 6.7 million Twitter followers, Maverick star Cruise could be seen on location getting to grips with the difficult stunts.
“After 34 years, Tom Cruise returns as Maverick,” producer Jerry Bruckheimer said.
“This is a competition film about family, friendship and sacrifice. It’s a love letter to aviation.
“We’re going to show you what it’s really like to be a Top Gun pilot,” he added.
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Shots of speeding jets were interspersed with an interview with Top Gun’s leading man, Cruise, who insisted: “You just can’t create this kind of experience unless you shoot it live.
“In order for us to accomplish this, we have the greatest fighter pilots in the world working with us.”
“We’re working with a brand new camera system which allows us to put six Imax quality inside the cockpit with the actors,” director Joseph Kosinski explained.
“It’s amazing what we see in a cockpit and what the audience is going to experience,” Bruckheimer added.
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“Thanks to Tom, all the actors are becoming accustomed to the G forces by all the training that they’re doing.”
Footage showed Cruise in the cockpit, taking off from a landing ship at sea and going on to flip upside down in the fighter jet.
“It is aggressive. You can’t act that, the distortion in the face,” he said, the accompanying clip showing the force demonstrating just that.
“They’re pulling seven-and-a-half, eight Gs, that’s 1,600 pounds of force,” he said of the actors doing the stunts. “I’m so proud of them and what they’ve done. It is heavy duty.”
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The video also featured shots of Cruise’s co-stars including Miles Teller, who’s playing Bradley ‘Rooster’ Bradshaw, doing their bit when it comes to the live action stunts.
“Putting guys up in these jets, it’s very serious,” Teller told the camera. “That’s why everyone thought it would be impossible.
“And I think when Tom hears that something’s impossible or it can’t be done, that’s when he gets to work.”
The video saw some of the cast struggling not to vomit as a result
Earlier this week, the new trailer for Top Gun: Maverick was released, showcasing the incredible stunts and harking back to the 1986 classic.
This time, Maverick’s back at the academy to train a new generation of young fighter pilots, including the son of his late friend Nick ‘Goose’ Bradshaw, Rooster.
Introducing Maverick to the new class, the commanding officer says: “His exploits are legendary. What he has to teach you may very well mean the difference between life and death.”
The trailer also featured a look at Jon Hamm’s character, clearly a senior officer, greeting Maverick: “Your reputation precedes you.”
“I have to admit, I wasn’t expecting an invitation back,” he replies, at which point he’s told: “They’re called orders, Maverick.”
Top Gun: Maverick is released in cinemas June 26, 2020.