Top Gun: These 10 actors played Maverick instead of Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise in Maverick: What’s indisputably clear today wasn’t necessarily so in 1985-86, when “Top Gun” was being set. Take a look at 10 of the rising stars of the ’80s who nearly took control of Pete Mitchell’s F-14.

In 1986, Tom Cruise flew to the heights with the Top Gun. Observed in Taps, Outsiders, Risky Business or Legend in the early 1980s, the once-rising star became the new face of American cinema thanks to the success of Tony Scott’s feature film, which grossed over $350 million worldwide on a budget of only $15 million.

At the time, even before filming, Cruz was aware of this Better It’s a big step “Superior” Even in his career. Hence he is involved in the production process, with the approval of Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, and participates in all the preparatory meetings, from photo sets to costumes through photography. And the scenario, of course, that he develops with his product for a month.

“I saw – cinematically – what they would do”recalls the comedian on Top Gun Maverick’s press kit. “But the script wasn’t great. It didn’t work. There was no real character with Maverick. It was a very mysterious universe, not very specific (…) so we started talking about that script, and I said that for me it was a movie about competition and honor and a movie about it.” Friendship, sacrifice, stakes, mistakes, and reconciliation with those mistakes.”.

Convinced of the project, the actor also has two requirements: filming in a real F-14, and flying with the Blue Angels, a Navy demo team that gives air shows across the United States. “It’s been a great journey. For the first time, I felt the different levels of the G-Force. You can read and learn about G-Force, but you don’t understand it until you learn it. You haven’t lived. It’s been a great journey. They let me do whatever I want – and I kept going until around 5G.” And what Jerry doesn’t know, because I kept them going for months to see if I was going to be in the movie or not, is that I was really convinced I would.”.

The rest is legend, and it lasted thirty-six years later Top Gun Maverick, which was critically acclaimed by audiences (it’s the best film of the post-COVID era according to AlloCiné viewers) and hugely profitable at the box office ($400 million across the Atlantic, over $800 million worldwide). However, as is often the case in Hollywood, many comedians were considered, and even called, for the role of Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. A look back at ten actors who nearly flew away instead of Tom Cruise.

Michael J Fox

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The name of Zeus! What if after traveling in DeLorean in Back to the Future, Michael J. Fox had just climbed onto the flight deck Better ? And so the actor has been part of the shortlist for a Maverick role for a while, without that even being possible. It must be said that among Teen Wolf, the secret of my success and especially the series The Holy Family that mobilized him from 1982 to 1989, his agenda was loaded. Note that he would also “qualify” for his war movie with Brian De Palma’s Outrages (1989) against… Sean Penn, a time in the Maverick player’s race as well.

Emilio Estevez

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An honorary member of the Brat Pack, a group of young comedians from the ’80s (of which Tom Cruise will be a minor member), Emilio Estevez, like his brother, owns Charlie Sheenabout to sign Better. Not selected, he went on to mark the ’80s with John Hughes’ Breakfast Club, Close Surveillance and especially Western Young Guns (in which Tom Cruise appeared in an uncredited small form).

Rob Lowe

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Rob Lowe, a member of the Brat Pack, also revealed many years later that he didn’t get along well with him Tom Cruise on set underdogsYou find it very competitive. He was one of the actors considered for the role of Maverick, and finally stepped on the ice of Youngblood when Cruz took a ride in his F-14.

Matthew Broderick

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The unforgettable Ferris Bueller, Matthew Broderick is one of the faces to follow in the ’80s when WarGames or Ladyhawke launched his career in style. Makes sense because it appears in the reps in the run to infiltrate the controls Better.

Matthew Modine

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Now well known to Netflix subscribers thanks to his role in Stranger Things, Matthew Modine was in the spotlight at the time thanks to his role in Birdy, which won the Grand Prix at Cannes in 1985. Refusing to commit to “pro-military” projects refuses Better In order to particularly benefit from Stanley Kubrick’s full metal jacket.

Nicolas Cage

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Matthew Modine’s partner a birdNicolas Cage is also one of the rising stars of Hollywood at the time of its preparation Better. Instead, he’ll star as Peggy Sue Got Married, alongside a certain Jim Carrey, who was also considered for the role of Maverick.

Patrick Swayze

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He had met a very young man Tom Cruise In the movie gang underdogs By Francis Ford Coppola: Patrick Swayze was one of his “rivals” for the lead role Better. Perhaps too busy with the historical series North and South, the actor will star in another cult and iconic ’80s movie, with an equally memorable soundtrack, Dirty Dancing.

Scott Baio

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At the beginning of the eighties, Scott Baio was distinguished mainly on television, in the role of Chachi Arcola in the series Happy Days and in the main role in the series Charles s’en charge. He said he turned down the Maverick role in Better.

john Travolta

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If the “yellow dogs” Better Often danced (crew members who direct Navy pilots on aircraft carriers) on the flight deck after a successful launch, they almost learned lessons from a master on the matter: John Travolta’s name was thus mentioned by the production at the time, and then rejected because it was considered unfair. Endurable (the years of grease, Saturday Night Fever and survival are over).

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