The 80s was the time of big hair, big music, and even bigger movies. And no film quite embodies this style quite like Top Gun. The classic film stars Tom Cruise as Maverick, a hotshot fighter pilot at the Top Gun Naval school. Filled with awesome 80s style and pop-rock hits like “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins, the film became a massive hit upon its release.
However, behind-the-scenes the making of Top Gun was just as exciting as the film we all know and love. High production costs, co-star disagreements, and the reality of filming dogfights with real fighter jets led to some fantastic tales from the set. Read on to enter the Danger Zone and discover everything you didn’t know about the making of Top Gun, everyone’s favorite 80s movie…
1. Val Kilmer Didn’t Want To Be In Top Gun
It may seem strange, given how big Top Gun is now, but not everyone always wanted to be in the movie. In fact, one essential actor actually turned down the gig at first glance: Val Kilmer! According to an interview with The Independent, Kilmer said: “I didn’t want to do Top Gun, and I turned down a bunch of meetings with Tony [Scott, the director].”
However, Tony Scott wasn’t the kind of guy to be turned down. According to those involved, Scott literally jumped into an elevator with Kilmer at an agency and proceeded to convince him to join the film. Kilmer ultimately did, and the rest is history.