Glen Powell Talks The ‘Pressure’ Of Making Top Gun: Maverick And The Advice Tom Cruise Gave Them To Get Through It

ytsfreeAugust 29, 2022

Top Gun: Maverick was tasked with building on or topping the original film for OG Top Gun fans. It did overcome this massive hurdle, but that wasn’t a foregone conclusion originally as fans’ expectations were extremely high. Of course, no one knew this better than Hangman actor Glen Powell. Making the much-delayed sequel came with expected pressure, but Powell spilled the advice Tom Cruise gave him and the cast to get through it.

The Top Gun: Maverick star admitted to People the blockbuster was already a pressure-filled situation for him. Being around Tom Cruise and megaproducer Jerry Bruckheimer was overwhelming at first before things turned around as the film progressed. Glen Powell enjoyed learning from the Hollywood titans, calling the experience “next level” for him as an actor. But the pressure went beyond the set as he and the cast were worried about the lofty expectations from fans of the original film to not mess up the legacy. In his words:

When you have a movie the size of Top Gun, there’s a lot of expectations on how you play a certain character. You don’t want to be a derivative. You don’t want to be stuck in the ’80s. You’re trying to figure out a way to update things. When you have that amount of expectations, there are a lot of ways to miss. There are a lot of ways to fail.

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