Tom Cruise has a hard-earned reputation for going all out for his movies, insisting on doing his own stunts and training rigorously in order to appear in sequences such as hanging onto the outside of an airborne jet in “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”.
In a recent chat with The Wrap, Miles Teller — who co-stars with Cruise in the upcoming “Top Gun” sequel — admits that simply keeping up with the 56-year-old star is a daunting challenge, despite being 24 years his junior.
“I’m certainly trying, but it is difficult,” Teller, 32, admits of filming stunt-heavy scenes with Cruise for “Top Gun: Maverick”, which is currently in production.
“Just the volume of it,” adds Teller. “I’m sure a lot of people can do it for a couple days or a week, but can you do it month after month after month? There’s been nothing on this film that didn’t take a lot of training to accomplish.”
In the long-awaited sequel, Teller plays Bradley Bradshaw, son of Navy pilot Nick “Goose” Bradshaw (Anthony Edwards), who died in the original film.
As Teller tells The Wrap, watching Cruise on the set was “a masterclass in how to make a movie, and Tom is always thinking of the audience.”
While he doesn’t offer details of any specific stunts, Teller admits he’s in awe of Cruise and his intense work ethic. “To work with someone who is so meticulous on every aspect,” he marvels, “from the camera to the script to the character to the wardrobe to hair to makeup, literally every detail that guy is dialled in on, and anybody who works with him is fortunate.”
In addition to Teller and Cruise — who reprises his role as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell — the sequel to the 1984 action classic also stars Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly and Val Kilmer, who is returning as rival pilot Tom “Iceman” Kazansky.
Look for “Top Gun: Maverick” to zoom into theatres on June 26, 2020.