Tom Cruise Talks Flying in Real Fighter Jets for ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

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Tom Cruise is ready to take Top Gun: Maverick to the skies—literally. For the sequel to his iconic film, Cruise wanted the action to be taken to another level, which meant getting the actors into real fighter jets and using CGI as little as possible. For Cruise, who is known for doing many of his own stunts, including when he suffered an injury while jumping from a rooftop in Mission: Impossible—Fallout, it was a no-brainer.

“We just started talking,” Cruise told Empire Magazine. “And I realized that there were things that we could accomplish cinematically. And I started getting excited about this big challenge of, ‘How do we do it?’ So I said to Jerry, ‘I’ll do it if…’ meaning, I’m not going to do the CGI stuff.”

Cruise knew that getting…

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