AceShowbiz - Tom Cruise says landing the role of Navy pilot Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in "Top Gun: Maverick" was "life-changing." The Hollywood star had always dreamt of being either a pilot or an actor growing up, and when he could combine both careers in one film, it was a big thrill for him.
The 59-year-old actor told HELLO! magazine, "All I ever wanted to be was a pilot or an actor, so 'Top Gun' was a huge moment in so many respects, including my passion for aviation." He further gushed, "It was life-changing for me."
"I got to actually fly in an F-14 jet which was a dream come true, and play a character I loved in Maverick," Tom shared. For the latest movie in the blockbuster series, "Top Gun: Maverick", he got to do more plane stunts than ever before.
Tom said, "The P-51 Mustang you see in the movie is actually my plane, so I got to pilot in those sequences." He continued, "I also got to be in the jet fighter a lot more this time, which was thrilling. It was something I had been working up to."
The sequel to the 1986 action-drama comes with an epic soundtrack by Oscar winner Lady GaGa in "Hold My Hand". On how the pop megastar came to record the song, Tom said, "I had seen one of Lady GaGa's shows in Las Vegas and been amazed, so I called her to ask if she could help us." He added, "She sent the song over and it was perfect. It really is the heartbeat of the score."