Tom Cruise Makes Grand Entry In Helicopter At World Premiere Of ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

Published: May 6, 2022
Updated: May 10, 2022
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Tom Cruise Arrives In Helicopter At Top Gun: Maverick World Premiere

On Wednesday in San Diego, Tom Cruise made a grand entrance onto the red carpet at the world premiere of Top Gun: Maverick, arriving by helicopter on the deck of the USS Midway aircraft carrier.

The Top Gun star exited the N547SA Airbus chopper, which was emblazoned with his full name and the title of his upcoming film on the side, and walked up to a crowd of photographers, reporters, and fans waiting on the ship.

Cruise wore a navy Brioni three-piece suit and aviator sunglasses for the occasion, rather than Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell’s signature flight suit. As he walked across the tarmac, he waved to the crowd aboard the aircraft carrier.

The 59-year-old Cruise reprises his role as Maverick in the new film, which comes more than three decades after the 1986 original.

Top Gun: Maverick was one of many major Hollywood films that were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was filmed more than two years ago.

The film was originally scheduled to be released in June 2020, but it was pushed back to December 2020. It was later scheduled for release in July 2021 and November 2021.

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Top Gun: Maverick will be released in theatres on May 27, just in time for Memorial Day Weekend. It premiered earlier this month at the Cannes Film Festival.

The film reintroduces multiple characters played by notable actors who are new to the franchise, including Ed Harris, Miles Teller, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Connelly, and Manny Jacinto, who returned as Iceman from the first film.

Those who are familiar with the actor’s work will not be surprised by this. The actor chose to perform his own stunts in 2011’s Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, which included climbing the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Similarly, Tom Cruise was seen clinging to a plane during takeoff in the sequel.

Cruise has been a licensed helicopter pilot for many years, and for Mission Impossible: Fallout, he chose to fly it on his own.

Cruise’s stunts aren’t limited to the movie’s marketing campaign, according to Jerry Bruckheimer, executive producer of the upcoming Top Gun sequel. Cruise actually flew the jets seen in the movie, according to Bruckheimer, who spoke to Hollywood Reporter.

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“You can’t pull Tom Cruise back,” he said, adding, “Every time you see him flying, that’s him in that jet.” He’ll do what he’s going to do.”

The highly anticipated Top Gun sequel has been in the works for quite some time, with a tentative release date set for 2019. However, the film was delayed several times due to the complicated production and the recent Covid-19 pandemic.

This instalment has been generating a lot of buzz on the internet, with some early reviews describing it as even better than the original, thanks to the franchise’s large fan base. Those are some lofty claims, but if anyone can pull it off, it’s Tom Cruise.

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Expectations are especially high for “Top Gun: Maverick,” which will be released on May 27 after two years of pandemic postponements by Paramount Pictures. “Top Gun: Maverick” is a full-throttle action film with extensive aerial photography and practical effects, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer says he never wavered in his desire to release it exclusively in theatres.

“It’s the kind of movie that celebrates the theatre experience,” Bruckheimer said.

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