mittedly somewhat dull love story with KellyMcGillis, it’s no wonder that the sequel to Top Gun is one of the most hotly anticipated films of the season. It is well known that TomCruise doesn’t shy away when it comes to doing his own stunts, but did he really have to fly in a proper jet fighter, while six cameras recorded his every move? Yes, absolutely yes! “You can’t fake that, the distortion in the face, pulling 8 Gs - that’s 1,600 pounds of force... You just can’t create this kind of experience unless you shoot it live,” he says. And how that experience was handled by actor Danny Ramirez can be seen in a recording showing him almost vomiting in the cockpit. e producers say that it was initially explained to Cruise that it would be impossible to get hold of real jet fighters and fly in them, which was enough for Cruise to prove them wrong. Impossible missions, as we all know well, don’t exist for Tom Cruise (and yes, a new sequel is being shot)! But let’s get back to Maverick. More than 30 years after the first film, Cruise again becomes PeteMitchell, who arrives at a flight school to find Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw (Miles Teller), the son of his late best friend and co-pilot. After more than 30 years of service in the Navy, he still dares to break the sound barrier and avoids promotions that would ground him forever. Training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialised mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, he faces an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, according to Paramount. And although we were supposed to already be enjoying the film this summer, the Coronavirus pandemic also ruined that pleasure for us, so Top Gun: Maverick won’t appear on big screens until 23rd December, though even that isn’t certain. ere’s probably not a chance that this sequel will delight us the way Top Gun did back in 1986, because in the meantime we’ve seen all sorts of breakneck movie stunts, but Maverick nevertheless still carries an irresistible dose of nostalgia. And thus, as Tom Cruise said on Twitter: See you in the sky! Culture » Kultura | 37