Tom Cruise asked to pilot a Super Hornet in the ‘Top Gun’ sequel & the Navy wasn’t having it

By all accounts, the upcoming sequel to “Top Gun” will serve up an unprecedented thrill ride courtesy of innovative cinematography and acting performed under perhaps the most extreme conditions — while pulling Gs.

Director Joseph Kosinski’s (“Oblivion,” “Only the Brave”) decision to put IMAX cameras in the cockpit of a Super Hornet showcase CGI-free in-flight sequences featuring actors physically in the aircraft bolting through frames of stunning terrain and low altitude.

Trained pilots, of course, were at the helm (off-camera).

“I said to the studio, ‘You don’t know how hard this movie’s going to be,” Cruise told Empire. “No-one’s ever done this before. There’s never been an aerial sequence shot this way. I don’t know if there ever will be again, to be honest.”

But before the actors could climb into the cockpit of one of the world’s premier fighter aircraft, they had to prepare for the physical stress of what the job would entail. Putting the actors of the original Top Gun in the cockpit of an F-14 didn’t work very well, Bruckheimer said.

“They all threw up. It’s hysterical to see their eyes roll back in their heads…everything was done on a gimbal.”

So, Cruise, who has piloting experience and “can do just about anything in an airplane,” according to Bruckheimer, designed a bootcamp-style training regimen to get co-stars like Miles Teller and Glen Powell ready.

“When you’re pulling heavy Gs, it compresses your spine, your skull, it makes some people delirious,” Cruise told Empire.

“Some people can’t handle it. So I had to get them up to being able to sustain high Gs, because they have to act in the plane. I can’t have them sick the whole time.”

Cruise requested to pilot an F-18, Empire reported, but the Navy objected, perhaps cognizant that an actor at the controls of a Super Hornet could be the very danger zone Kenny Loggins always warned of.

Still, the 57-year-old actor pilots both a World War II-era P-51 Mustang — an aircraft he personally owns — and a helicopter in the film.

“Top Gun: Maverick,” which Cruise characterized as “emotional,” promises to be one of the more visually immersive cinematic experiences.

“You will experience what it’s like to be in an F-18, in that cockpit with those pilots,” Bruckheimer said.

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American Actor “Jimmy” James Stewart

James Stewart American actor James Stewart (1908-1997) leaning against a 1936 Plymouth. April 1, 1936
James Stewart
American actor James Stewart (1908-1997) leaning against a 1936 Plymouth. April 1, 1936

 

James Stewart
American actor James Stewart (1908-1997) leaning against a 1936 Plymouth. April 1, 1936.

James Maitland “Jimmy” Stewart was an American actor and military officer who is among the most honored and popular stars in film history.





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Cary Grant and Constance Bennett In The Topper Buick

 

1937: Brithish born actor Cary Grant (1904-1986), and American actress Constance Bennett (1904-1965), stars of the film ‘Topper’ directed by Norman Z McLeod, ignore the crowd gathered around them as they drive in the Topper Buick.





1937: Brithish born actor Cary Grant (1904-1986), and American actress Constance Bennett (1904-1965), stars of the film 'Topper' directed by Norman Z McLeod, ignore the crowd gathered around them as they drive in the Topper Buick.

Cary Grant and Constance Bennett

1937: Brithish born actor Cary Grant (1904-1986), and American actress Constance Bennett (1904-1965), stars of the film ‘Topper’ directed by Norman Z McLeod, ignore the crowd gathered around them as they drive in the Topper Buick.





Cary Grant was a British-American actor, known as one of classic Hollywood’s definitive leading men. Constance Bennett  was a major Hollywood star during the 1920s and 1930s and for a time during the early 1930s, she was the highest-paid actress in Hollywood, as well as one of the most popular. Bennett frequently played society women, focusing on melodramas in the early 1930s and then taking more comedic roles in the late 1930s and 1940s.





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Clark Gable Poses By His 1932 Packard

 

 

Clark Gable 24th April 1933: American screen star Clark Gable(1901-1960), who became known as the 'King of Hollywood', poses next to his luxurious 1932 Packard.
Clark Gable

 

Clark Gable 24th April 1933: American screen star Clark Gable(1901-1960), who became known as the ‘King of Hollywood’, poses next to his luxurious 1932 Packard.

William Clark Gable was an American film actor and military officer, often referred to as “The King of Hollywood” or just simply as “The King”.




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Child star Macauley Culkin is back, and he’s playing Kurt Cobain

Starring Macaulay as none other than Kurt Cobain, he proceeds to be crucified by a parade of bootleg Ronald McDonalds, and that’s really just the start of it, with some Inception-esque layers to the entire production (hinted at by the opening lyrics: “Bedding Taylor Swift/Every night inside the Oculus Rift“)

Culkin also had a hand in directing the clip as part of his art collective Four Gods and a Baby with muso Adam Green, Thomas Bayne, and Toby Goodshank – no word on which one of them’s the baby.





Father John Misty has released a video for Pure Comedy’s “Total Entertainment Forever,” and it’s about as ludicrous and referential as you might expect it to be, consider the song begins with a passage about “bedding Taylor Swift every night inside the Oculus rift.” The video opens with George Washington himself entering a VR reality, but instead of imagining Taylor Swith, the former president decides to play the “role” of Kurt Cobain.

His fictional, Christ-like Cobain is played by none other than Macaulay Culkin, who of course would be in a Father John Misty video. Culkin-as-Cobain-as-Christ is flagellated by sadistic, Ronald-McDonald-looking guards, before Misty himself, with hooks for hands, crucifies him underneath a sign reading “King of the Cucks.” Papier mâché dummies of Bill Clinton playing the saxophone and Jon from Garfield are nailed on crosses alongside him.

It’s Father Joh Misty-y as all hell. Watch it
It’s Father Joh Misty-y as all hell. Watch it




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