Top Gun: Maverick is an American film sequel to Top Gun which was released in 1986. Top Gun: Maverick is directed by Joseph Kosinski and has Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Monica Barbaro, and Glen Powell as some of the lead characters. The film is produced under Skydance Media and Don Simpson/ Bruckheimer Films; distributed by Paramount Pictures.

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Top Gun: Maverick poster

Top Gun: Maverick Soars at Box-Office

The film was released on May 27, 2022, in the United States against a budget of $170 Million. It turned out to be highly responsive and was showered in praises. “That’s how you make a sequel” and “Pure Cinematic Entertainment” are a few of the many reviews of the film. Tom Cruise was regarded as the biggest career opener in the industry, after the film. He has seemed to maintain the same sense of thrill and energy even after decades. He was awarded the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Tom Cruise at the Cannes Film Festival 2022

The cast took actual flying lessons for Top Gun: Maverick

The audience was thrilled with the flying scenes from the movie. The scenes looked so realistic that they could not stop asking the makers if the actors flew the planes in real life, to which the answer said yes. The cast indeed got trained for the extreme scenes. Tom Cruise understood that the cast needed to learn the skill to better perceive the film. A two-year-long program was then devised into a training course of 3-5 months.

Jay Ellis in Top Gun Maverick
Jay Ellis in Top Gun Maverick

Kevin LaRosa Jr., the aerial coordinator for the film says, “We started with the Cessna 172 and we took them through basic flying. This allowed them to see what it was like to take off, land, and know where to look and put their hands.” The actors kept getting promoted to new levels of flying. LaRosa Jr. adds that Barbaro was the most impressive. “She absolutely killed it, and did a good job of adjusting to the physiological effects of everything“, he says.

Interestingly, it was actress Monica Barbaro who aced the process and was even considered to be a better pilot than Tom Cruise himself. However, the entire cast underwent the grueling process of acclimatizing to insane speeds and skull-crushing G-force. Considering that Cruise actually waited for three decades to make this movie in order to incorporate cutting-edge technology for his vision, he still demanded spine-chilling stunts over green screens, thus delivering one of the greatest blockbusters in recent years.

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