‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Came So Close To Being Grounded By Tom Cruise

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Tom Cruise didn’t feel the need for speed when director Joseph Kosinski threw ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ at him – and it took a desperate 30-minute meeting to convince him otherwise, the director says.

Kosinski told Polygon in an interview published Sunday that he and producer Jerry Bruckheimer flew to Paris to convince Cruise to dust off the franchise while he was filming a “Mission: Impossible” movie.

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“We had about half an hour of his time between setups. And I basically had 30 minutes to pitch this movie, which I didn’t realize when we were flying over. But when I got there, I found out that Tom really didn’t want to do another “Top Gun.”

So Kosinski launched under extreme pressure, emphasizing the character-driven aspect of the film that “tapped on the emotion” of the original. He pointed out the heavy responsibility that Cruise’s character, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, felt for the lives of the other pilots under his tutelage.

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“It’s one of those moments as a director, you have one on every movie, where you’re on the spot explaining why that movie should be made. I had 30 minutes to do it,” Kosinski recalls “And at the end of the pitch, he picked up the phone, he called the head of Paramount Pictures and said, ‘We’re doing another ‘Top Gun.'” It’s pretty impressive to see the power of a real movie star right now.”

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