I saw this recently on Looper – The One Thing The Navy Wouldn’t Let Tom Cruise Do In Top Gun: Maverick: https://www.looper.com/834793/the-one-thing-the-navy-wouldnt-let-tom-cruise-do-in-top-gun-maverick/ Longer article.
BY AAHIL DAYANI April 17, 2022
Tom Cruise is set to return soon as everyone’s favorite hotshot fighter pilot in “Top Gun: Maverick.” Directed by Joseph Kosinski, the upcoming sequel to “Top Gun” is one of Hollywood’s most-anticipated and longest-gestating projects, having faced a bevy of delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic (via The Hollywood Reporter).
When its predecessor first hit the big screen in 1986, it quickly became a smash-hit success, grossing over $170 million during its initial run, making it the highest-grossing film of that year (via Box Office Mojo). Directed by Tony Scott, the military-action film focused on Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Cruise), a fighter pilot sent to TOPGUN, the premier Naval Fighter Weapons School. There, he butts heads with fellow pilot Iceman (Val Kilmer) and falls in love with Charlotte “Charlie” Blackwood (Kelly McGillis), an instructor at the prestigious school.