Top Gun 2: why this Maverick rookie almost refused the film? – Cinema news

It is one of the recruits of “Top Gun: Maverick” and it is not difficult to notice it in the blockbuster worn by Tom Cruise. But Glen Powell almost did not take part in the adventure, which he initially refused.

Thirty-six years after the release of the first opus, Tom Cruise is back in the world of Top Gun. And if his character of Maverick now plays the instructors, he remains the star of the film signed Joseph Kosinski. The one who occupies the center of the poster for the feature film released on May 25 in our theaters, which never ceases to panic the counters.

Does this mean that his young partners are outdone? No way ! Some certainly have very little screen time (the presence of Manny Jacinto, discovered in The Good Place, is almost a cameo), but the others manage to do well. Like Miles Teller, interpreter of Bradley ‘Rooster’ Bradshaw, son of late Maverick teammate Goose (Anthony Edwards).

It’s also not difficult to notice Natasha ‘Phoenix’ Trace (Monica Barbaro), Robert ‘Bob’ Floyd (Lewis Pullman), Javy ‘Coyote’ Machado (Greg Tarzan Davis) or even Jake ‘Hangman’ Seresin. A character who is reminiscent of Iceman (Val Kilmer) in the first opus, as much for his physique as his insurance which borders on arrogance, and which his interpreter Glen Powell almost did not embody.

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Glen Powell in “Top Gun: Maverick”

Seen in The Dark Knight Rises and Expendables 3, the actor had indeed auditioned for the role of Rooster, which Miles Teller finally seized. However, Glen Powell did not make the trip for nothing because the casting team, impressed by his charisma, offered him to be their Hangman. An offer initially refused by the main interested party, still under the influence of disappointment.

But it was Tom Cruise himself who managed to change his mind, and take him on a spectacular adventure. Both on screen and during filming, since the young actors, in the wake of the star of the saga, learned to pilot planes and shoot their scenes in flight, while facing the difficulties that this involved, starting with the G, which increase gravity.

Given the experience and feedback on Top Gun: Maverick and his role as Hangman, Glen Powell should not regret a single second for having changed his mind.

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