Who hasn’t seen “Top Gun”, the 80s classic that toured Tom Cruise as a world star? Everyone has seen “Top Gun”, or at least caught snippets of it on the fly. film on cable, where they repeated it a million times, with its famous bizarre scenes of pilots playing beach volleyball in jeans and leather, with their hit ” Breathtaking “ screaming as Cruise and blonde Kelly McGillis kissed, or with Val Kilmer playing the bad guy in his Navy uniform. Despite a weak script and the poor reviews it received, “Top Gun” was the most-watched film of 1986, a blockbuster that sparked the sale of Ray Ban Aviators and bomber jackets, a prototypical Reagan-era product that, joking aside, has managed to remain an indelible mark of that era. Now, 36 years later, producer Jerry Bruckheimer (an industry giant) and Tom Cruise himself (perhaps Hollywood’s last big star) bring “Top Gun: Maverick”, the sequel to the big screen, to the big screen. long-awaited and highly publicized hit from the 80s which debuts in Rosario this Wednesday, May 25.
“Maverick” was going to be released in June 2020. As with so many other films, the pandemic ruined plans, but in this case Paramount Studios didn’t give in to the temptation of streaming and held on until they can get it out. in theaters. For Cruise, it’s become a personal business: staying old-fashioned, championing the theater business. That’s why the film arrives amid publicity paraphernalia designed exclusively for its release: a presentation aboard an aircraft carrier in San Diego, a cutting-edge premiere with planes included at the Cannes Film Festival (where Cruise received a Palme d’honneur ‘Or) and a gala screening in London with the presence of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The bet is big and it shows.
The story for the sequel began to take shape in 2010. Jerry Bruckheimer even sat down with the original film’s director Tony Scott (director of “The Hunger” and Ridley’s younger brother) in 2012 to tell him about his plans, but unfortunately Scott committed suicide in Los Angeles a few months later. Such a blow did not stop the producer, who years later took over the project with a new director, Joseph Kosinsky, who had previously worked with Tom Cruise on the science fiction film “Oblivion” (2013). Kosinski convinced Cruise and the actor convinced Paramount. They say a call from the ‘Mission: Impossible’ star was enough for the study to give ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ the green light.
Yet Cruise had two conditions: the first was that Val Kilmer will be part of this sequel along with the character from the original film, the arrogant and competitive pilot Tom “Iceman” Kazansky some sort of villain in history. It wasn’t going to be easy: Kilmer lost his voice after having a tracheotomy in 2015 for throat cancer. However, with the help of AI technology, the ‘The Doors’ actor was able to briefly star in the film, going up against his former contestant. The other condition was that all actors playing the pilots had to be trained to travel in F-16s. This process took 15 months of training and technical trials, alongside the Navy and the film crew.
The starting point of the film is simple: Lieutenant Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Cruise) is forced by his Navy superiors to train a new breed of pilots, now assigned to a secret and very sensitive mission. One of the students turns out to be Rooster (Miles Teller, “Whiplash” drummer), who is the son of Goose, Maverick’s remembered friend who tragically dies in an accident in the 1986 film. Rooster thinks he has reason to resent Mitchell, and the friction will spark more competition and tension. The cast also includes great actors like Jon Hamm (star of “Mad Men”), veteran Ed Harris and Jennifer Connelly (“Labyrinth”, “A Beautiful Mind”), the protagonist’s new romantic interest.
To the surprise of many, “Top Gun: Maverick” passed the critical test, as it added many positive reviews in the first world. The most difficult test is now missing, that of the box office, a real challenge in a world invaded by streaming and where the best collections seem only reserved for the universe of superheroes.
Where is blonde Kelly McGillis now?
In the original “Top Gun” poster, Kelly McGillis’ photo was as tall as that of the lead actor, a 24-year-old Tom Cruise. It wasn’t strange at all: he only had a few films behind him, whereas she had just worked on ‘Witness in Danger’, the huge box office hit directed by Harrison Ford and directed by Peter Weir. The blonde became even more famous after “Top Gun,” where she was the superb flight instructor for rebel Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. Now well, Why doesn’t McGillis, now 64, appear in ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ at all? Director Joseph Kosinski told Insider, “I didn’t want each story to constantly look back, but rather introduce new characters.” However, the same actress provided another theory: “I am old, I am fat and I see myself according to my age. And the movie isn’t about that.”a point.
After having worked in important films such as “The Cat Hunter” or “The Accused”, McGillis opted for secondary roles until he retired from cinema for good. In 2009, after having two daughters with her second husband, the actress went public with her homosexuality and he married sales manager Melanie Leis, from whom he separated in 2012. Contrary to Hollywood and industry dictates, two decades ago he said: “Being 43 and not wanting to go under the knife to change your face makes it difficult. Pretty soon, there won’t be anyone in America who looks 50.”.