The One Thing The Navy Wouldn't Let Tom Cruise Do In Top Gun: Maverick – Looper

In an interview with Empire Magazine, Tom Cruise revealed that he told fellow producer Jerry Bruckheimer that he would only join the sequel if the film didn’t wholly rely on CGI. Fans of Cruise know that he consistently performs his own stunts, no matter how difficult they are. He previously learned how to pilot a helicopter for “Mission: Impossible – Fallout.” 

Considering Cruise’s commitment to his craft, one might assume that he would also perform all of his own flying sunts in “Top Gun: Maverick.” However, that’s not entirely accurate. When it came time to have Cruise fly the premier F-18 jet, the United States Navy wouldn’t allow the star near the plane, despite his experience as a pilot. “The Navy wouldn’t let [Tom] fly an F-18, but he flies a P-51 in the movie, and he flies helicopters,” Bruckheimer said (via “He can do just about anything in an airplane.”

Because Cruise wasn’t allowed to pilot the legendary plane, the filmmakers opted for a bit of camera trickery when it came to scenes involving the $70 million Super Hornet (via Aerocorner). To make the best of the situation, the crew installed six IMAX cameras inside the cockpits of F-18s to film specially trained pilots (via Could You Survive the Movies).

While it may be disappointing that Cruise won’t actually be piloting one of the Navy’s most notable planes, he’ll be seen flying a variety of other aircraft in the upcoming “Top Gun” sequel (via Film Inside). “Top Gun: Maverick” is set to soar into theaters on May 27.

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