LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Tom Cruise attends the Royal Performance of "Top Gun: Maverick" at Leicester Square on May 19, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
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Top Gun:
Director Only Had
One Shot To Pitch
Tom Cruise
Just as "Top Gun: Maverick" faced lengthy, pandemic-related delays, it seems director Joseph Kosinski faced equally daunting challenges in getting the sequel off the ground, to begin with. One of these obstacles was convincing star Tom Cruise to return to the role that made him a star more than three decades after he first played the part.
In a recent interview, Kosinski's stated that he and super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer hopped a flight to France to pitch "Top Gun: Maverick" to Cruise. When they arrived, they found they were pressed for time, explaining, "We flew to Paris, where Tom was shooting 'Mission: Impossible,' we got about a half-hour of his time between setups."
Cruise warmed up to the idea of doing the sequel when he heard about Kosinski’s character-first approach to the film and that he was going to “use as little CGI as possible.” Kosinski also said, ``I worked with Tom, and I knew to start with character and emotion.”