‘Top Gun: Maverick’ star Lewis Pullman says the film has heart, humor and excitement

Monday, May 23, 2022
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After several years of delay, Top Gun: Maverick opens nationwide on Friday, and the cast can’t wait for it to finally come out.

“I think what this movie does is it puts you in the cockpit so you really feel as close as possible to what these Top Gun pilots are really doing,” Lewis Pullmannwho plays one of the elite fighter pilots, ABC Audio tells.

“And it’s got heart. It’s got humor. It’s got excitement. It’s got all the elements that a huge blockbuster movie should have,” he adds.

Sharing some behind-the-scenes secrets, Pullman reveals that they didn’t use green screen when piloting the planes.

“We sit in these cockpits and we actually fly in airplanes,” he says. “I think the Navy was very smart not to let the green pilots run these million dollar machines…we didn’t quite have enough time to go through the training. And I think, you know, maybe insurance, but we’re in these cockpits and we’re pulling all these G’s.”

Speaking of training, Pullman says it was pretty intense but the most grueling part, preparing for a water rescue after ejecting from the plane, wasn’t even in the movie.

“Blindfolded, installed like a fake helicopter cockpit, plunged under water, overturned. And then you have to hold your breath,” he explains. “It’s the most disorienting and disconcerting experience.”

Although Pullman never questioned the formation, which Tom Cruise designed, he admits, “…there are times in your mind where you think, ‘What would a green screen look like?’ But then you watch the movie and you’re like, thank God, man.”

??Top Gun: Maverick ? Fly into theaters Friday, May 27.

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