Tom Cruise Did NOT Fly the $70 Million Fighter He’s Seen ‘Flying’ in Top Gun: Maverick

The Top Gun hype machine may have taken a highway to the danger zone – as it has emerged star Tom Cruise didn’t actually fly the $70million F-18 Super Hornet he is seen “flying” in the film.

Cruise, 59, insists he does his own stunts and hit the drums for authenticity in Top Gun: Maverick.

The film, released on May 27, shows his Maverick character piloting supersonic jets on a dangerous secret mission — at “Mach 2 with his hair on fire,” as Cruise puts it.

No-fly zone: The Top Gun hype machine may have taken a freeway to the danger zone – as it emerged star Tom Cruise didn’t actually fly the $70million F-18 Super Hornet dollars he is seen “stealing” in the film

Cruise and others have spoken in numerous interviews about how they went through months of training to be able to handle the G-Forces and say their lines in the movie without passing out or throwing up.

However, veteran producer Jerry Bruckheimer was clear and admitted that while they had permission to put Cruise and other actors in the F-18s, they were just passengers in the cockpit.

Bruckheimer said Cruise applied to be allowed to fly the plane, but was denied permission by the Navy – presumably on the grounds that the $70million plane was simply too expensive to fly. entrusted to someone who is not actually a fighter pilot.

Passionate driver: Cruise, 59, insists he does his own stunts and hit the drums for authenticity in Top Gun: Maverick

Passionate driver: Cruise, 59, insists he does his own stunts and hit the drums for authenticity in Top Gun: Maverick

In Top Gun: Maverick, he pilots other planes and is apparently seen piloting the Super Hornet via installed cameras – but experienced Navy pilots hold the stick.

Cruise is an experienced pilot and is actually seen flying other planes in the film, which will be released later this month.

He said: “I’ve always been a physical actor, I’ve always developed a physical language, but now I’m also an aerobatic pilot. I fly warbirds. The P-51 in this movie is mine, the Red Tail [the period silver plane Cruise flies on screen love interest Jennifer Connelly in].

‘I’ve done more aerial footage than any other actor, from Top Gun to American Made to Mission Impossible Fallout [that saw him put that helicopter into a controlled spin and perform the first ever on-screen High Altitude Low Open, or HALO, skydive out the back of that C-17].

Flying high: The film, out May 27, shows his Maverick character flying supersonic jets on a dangerous secret mission – at “Mach 2 with his hair on fire,” as Cruise puts it

Flying high: The film, out May 27, shows his Maverick character flying supersonic jets on a dangerous secret mission – at “Mach 2 with his hair on fire,” as Cruise puts it

Oh my goodness: Jerry Bruckheimer says Cruise applied to be allowed to fly the plane, but was denied permission by the Navy

Oh my goodness: Jerry Bruckheimer says Cruise applied to be allowed to fly the plane, but was denied permission by the Navy

“I always looked towards Top Gun. Even though I hadn’t committed to it yet, I was already developing a visual language of what we could do. I was always developing and studying the platforms. interesting anyway, of course, but it was also a progression in storytelling, in understanding how to do it, from a technical point of view and from a narrative point of view. movie just to make a movie. And I’ve been like that all my life.

He added: “What we have achieved with the aerial footage is really something that people will never have seen before.” We have trained actors who can fly and act in real F/A-18s. And, to do this, we took on the greatest fighter pilots in the world [from the U.S. Navy] and we taught them about cinema – the pilot and the actor had to work as a team.

Cruise completed a comprehensive aviation survival training program before boarding the US Navy’s F-18, just like his co-stars. They worked up to supersonic jets by riding in a succession of slower planes first for several months.

Passenger: Veteran producer Jerry admitted that although they had permission to put Cruise and other actors in the F-18s, they were only passengers in the cockpit

Passenger: Veteran producer Jerry admitted that although they had permission to put Cruise and other actors in the F-18s, they were only passengers in the cockpit

Much has been made of Cruise’s insistence on real flight scenes, with no CGI work. He’s said in numerous interviews that he won’t even talk about a Top Gun sequel unless they’re flying in real planes.

Cruise said: ‘For years people have said, ‘You can’t shoot [the movie] with CGI?’ And I always said, ‘No. It’s not the experience. I said, ‘I have to find the right story. And we’re going to need the right team. This movie is like trying to hit a ball with a ball. I’m not playing.’

Cruise learned to fly at the age of 31 and made The Firm with director Sydney Pollack. At the end of the film, Pollack offered him flying lessons, saying, “You gotta learn to fly now, or you never will.” I know it’s one of your passions – you have to go. It’s going to take you forever to do that…’ Six weeks later, he took Pollack out to dinner and told him he had learned to fly. He then started a “really fun game” with the director, who told him that passing the IFR qualification would take him years.

High flyer: He said:

High flyer: He said: “I’ve always been a physical actor, I’ve always developed a physical language, but now I’m also an aerobatic pilot

Cruise said: “A little later I took him to dinner…And we eat and at the end I say, ‘I’m going to pay the bill’ and I opened my wallet and put it on the table. as I pulled out my money, and he looked at my wallet and it had my IFR license in it. He said, ‘You ****r! What are you doing?’

Captain Brian ‘Ferg’ Ferguson is a Topgun veteran and served as the film’s naval aviation technical advisor and air coordinator. He said: “You have this large-scale production company with global movie stars trying to recreate an iconic film. And then you have naval aviation, with all its planes, ships, personnel and bases. About a billion moving parts collectively between them. And we had to find a way to seamlessly integrate these two robust entities with many chains involved without any burden on the US taxpayer.

Cruise’s next project is to collaborate with Elon Musk on a movie that will be made at least in part in space.

Passion: Much has been made of Cruise's insistence on real flight scenes, with no CGI work.  He's said in numerous interviews that he won't even talk about a Top Gun sequel unless they're flying in real planes.

Passion: Much has been made of Cruise’s insistence on real flight scenes, with no CGI work. He’s said in numerous interviews that he won’t even talk about a Top Gun sequel unless they’re flying in real planes.