If you are a longtime reader of this blog (and by longtime reader I’m talking roughly a year) you already know how much I LOVE Top Gun and if you don’t check out our Nostalgia Blog: Top Gun episode found here and find out.
Being a diehard fan of this amazing piece of cinema perfection however does not mean you know every little detail about the movie. And with that I give you:
Things you might not know about: TOP GUN
Toto and REO Speedwagon were offered the chance to record Danger Zone before Kenny Loggins eventually took it over and changed music history forever (it also was probably the nail in the coffin that was Loggins and Messina).
The Flying V
Among those who were considered for the role of Maverick were Emilio Estevez, Sean Penn, Patrick Swayze, Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, Matthew Broderick, Michael J. Fox and Tom Hanks.
Art imitating life?
The film is dedicated to Art Scholl, a stunt pilot who was killed during production when his plane went into a tailspin and crashed into the Pacific Ocean.
Feel the need for speed!
Anthony Edwards (Goose) was reportedly the only one of the actors not to vomit when flying in the fighter jets. His character is also the only one to die though…
“You don’t own that plane, the taxpayers do!”
Every hour of F-14 flight cost Paramount $10,000.
“No, boys, there’s two “O”s in Goose”
Goose’s actual name is Nick Bradshaw. It’s never mentioned in the film.
“I’ve got your MiG dead ahead”
One of the notes the producers received from the studio, Paramount, was “Too much flying”.
“Because I was inverted…”
At 5’10”, Kelly McGillis was three inches taller than Tom Cruise.
Indian Ocean. Present Day.
During the filming, Tony Scott and his crew spent some days on board USS Enterprise to shoot aircraft as they landed and took off from the aircraft carrier. Since the U.S. Navy’s flattop was on an operational cruise, the crew had to film normal flight ops. However, Tony Scott wanted to shoot flight deck activity with planes back lit from the sun. So, when the ship changed course with a consequent change of the light, Scott asked it the commanding officer could keep on the previous course and speed for a little longer.
However, he was answered by the commander that it would cost $25,000 to turn the ship, so he wrote the aircraft carrier captain a check so that the ship could be turned on the previous route for five more minutes thus giving him the possibility to shoot under the desired lighting conditions for another five minutes.
The footage was used during the movie’s stunning opening scene.