Top Gun 2: Training Regiment Tom Cruise
It has been more than a year since we’ve got our dose of a Tom Cruise movie. The last big Tom Cruise movie we saw was Mission Impossible – Fallout, which came out back in 2018. We were supposed to get Top Gun 2 next month, but the coronavirus delayed it to December 2020. We’ve seen the trailers and they’ve proven that this movie is nothing short of awesome. But it’s too bad that we will have to wait for so long to get this movie.
First, it was pulled from 2019 to 2020 because Tom Cruise had to Learn how to fly a fighter jet plane. But apparently, he was not the only one who had to go through rigorous training for this movie. His co-stars also hard to train a lot to prepare for their roles. This comes from producer Jerry Bruckheimer himself as he recently talked about the training regiment of the actors involved with this movie, in his interview with Yahoo!. Here’s what he said:
“He [Tom] put the actors through this grueling process over three months so they could take the G-forces when we put them in the F/A-18s. It was really a tough slog for these young actors because they also had to go through water survival training, where they are blindfolded and put in a water tank that’s turned upside down and they have to figure out how to get out. And Tom went through all the same stuff! They told me he went through that training just like a 22-year-old would — that’s how good he is.”
Well, they were signing up for a Tom Cruise movie, so this had to happen. But it might have been tough for these young actors as compared to Tom Cruise. Tom had gone through underwater training during his filming of Mission Impossible Rogue Nation. He has claimed that he held his breath for more than 6 minutes on the trot. So this new training regiment might have been easier for him than the younger actors.
Tom is the only actor who still believes in doing action movies in the classic way of the 80s and the 90s. Terminator 2 is a gold last action movie because it did not rely on doing everything using CGI. Instead, we had practical action sequences like a helicopter flying under a bridge just four feet above the ground in a high octane chase sequence. Just like that, Tom Cruise also strives for real action and that works for his movies.
Real action works much better in place of CGI because when you know it’s real, you feel the stakes are much higher, you feel you are more involved in the scene than you ever would in a fully CGI sequence. That is why it feels intense when Tom Cruise hangs outside a building or a plane or even a helicopter with a single harness strapped to him. And now, we will see him flying a fighter plane for real and there’s nothing crazier than that.
Or maybe there is, after all, Tom Cruise has signed a deal with Elon Musk’s SpaceX and NASA to try and shoot a film in space. Next, we’ll hear that Tom Cruise wants to shoot a movie on the moon. And this is nothing to joke about because this legend will actually go and do it. You go and run on the moon while we’ll pay millions of dollars to see it in the theaters.
Anyway, let’s get back to Top Gun: Maverick. We are going to love this film, because of its crazy fighter jet sequences that involve no CGI whatsoever. Director Joseph Kosinski and Tom Cruise Wanted to keep these scenes CGI free, which is why Tom Cruise had to learn how to fly a fighter jet. We cannot wait for this movie anymore. It arrives on December 23 this year.
Here’s the official synopsis of Top Gun: Maverick –
Pete “Maverick” Mitchell keeps pushing the envelope after years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators. He must soon confront the past while training a new squad of graduates for a dangerous mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice.