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Top Gun’s Jerry Bruckheimer On Convincing Tom Cruise To Play Maverick

Top Gun is 35 years old this year and the film about Naval aviators is just as popular today as it was back then. One need only point out that after 35 years Top Gun is finally getting a sequel in Top Gun: Maverick. The first movie made Tom Cruise the global superstar that he is today, but it turns out that initially the actor had to be convinced to be in the movie. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer says that Cruise was hesitant to commit to the project, at least until he got his first taste of flying.

Jerry Bruckheimer Is Cool With You Thinking Top Gun Is a Gay Film

In the 35 years since its initial release, director Tony Scott’s Top Gun has become a classic of ’80s action cinema: the star vehicle that rocketed a then-24-year-old Tom Cruise to the top of Hollywood’s A-list, triggered a military-recruiting boom, and immortalized the line of dialogue “I feel the need — the need for speed!” But over that time, the action thriller has also developed a secondary prestige: the “gayest movie ever made.” With its lingering shots of cast members — including Val Kilmer, Rick Rossovich, and Anthony Edwards oiled up for a Bruce Weber–esque game of beach volleyball — the 1986 film lays bare the homosocial world of naval aviators and pulses with an undeniable homoerotic energy. The critic Pauline Kael called the movie a “shiny homoerotic commercial: The pilots strut around the locker room, towels hanging precariously from their waists.” Quentin Tarantino, for his part, riffed on Top Gun’s perceived “subversion” and pro-gay subtext in a cameo in the 1994 dramedy Sleep With Me. “You think it’s a story about a bunch of fighter pilots. It is the story of a man’s struggle with his own homosexuality,” Tarantino says in the movie.
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Top Gun Producer Jerry Bruckheimer Reveals What He’s ‘Proudest’ Of When It Comes To The Tom Cruise Film

Top Gun: Maverick is one of the most anticipated upcoming blockbusters, and it has been continually delayed due to the global pandemic and the closing of movie theaters – the most recent push of the Tom Cruise-led film seeing it moved to the end of the year so that it can have a full theatrical release. Miles Teller, who is starring alongside Cruise, is optimistic about the future of the big screen and really wants fans to experience the new release the way it was intended: in a packed theater, sound blaring, on the silver screen. It's a sequel to a movie with a big legacy, as 1986's Top Gun holds a special place in the hearts of many, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer has revealed what he’s proudest of when it comes to the original.
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Jerry Bruckheimer: Tom Cruise hesitated on Top Gun role

Jerry Bruckheimer admits it "wasn't easy" to convince Tom Cruise to star in 'Top Gun'. The 77-year-old film producer worked on the iconic 1986 action flick, in which Tom plays pilot Lieutenant Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell, and revealed that the actor "hemmed and hawed" before signing up for the movie. Asked...
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‘Top Gun’ Turns 35: Producer Jerry Bruckheimer on Convincing Tom Cruise to Play Maverick

Moviegoers had never seen anything quite like “Top Gun” when it jetted across screens in the summer of 1986. The propulsive story of a hot shot group of pilots had dazzling aerial sequences that gave audiences a cockpit view of the action, as well as a star on the rise in Tom Cruise, fresh off his role in “Risky Business.” “Top Gun” would go on to make a then-massive $356.8 million, becoming the highest-grossing film of the year and propelling Cruise onto the A-list, where he has remained for decades. He reprises his role in this fall’s long-awaited follow-up, “Top Gun: Maverick.”