Top Gun is a 1986 American action drama film directed by Tony Scott, and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, in association with Paramount Pictures. The screenplay was written by Jim Cash and Jack Epps, Jr., and was inspired by an article titled “Top Guns” published in California magazine three years earlier. Following is some interesting facts from the film.
1. Test audiences wanted to see more onscreen romance between Tom Cruise & Kelly McGillis, so they added the elevator scene to make them happy.
2. There were a lot of actors in the running before Tom Cruise landed the part of Maverick. Other actors that were in the race were Sean Penn, Patrick Swayze, Nicholas Cage, and John Cusack.
3. Kenny Loggins wasn’t the first choice to record Danger Zone. Both Toto and REO Speedwagon were approached, but the honor ended up going to Kenny Loggins.
4. During the production of the movie, Art Scholl, who is a stunt pilot was killed. His plane went into a tail spin before crashing into the Pacific Ocean. The film is dedicated to him.
5. The director, Tony Scott, was fired 3 different times while filming, but then was hired back each time. One of the times he was fired was because he thought he made Kelly McGillis look beautiful, while the studio thought she looked “whorish”.
6. Goose who was played by Anthony Edwards is rumored to be the only actor who did not throw up while filming the fighter pilot scenes.
7. Ever wonder how much it is to use an F-14 in a movie? For every hour of flight, it cost them $10,000.
8. Looking back, the cost of the flights weren’t too bad. Top Gun was the highest grossing film in 1986. It brought in $177 million in the US alone, and $353 million worldwide. Crocodile Dundee was second with Platoon coming in at third.
9. There was a script set up for a sequel, but after reviewing it the studio canceled because it was going to be too expensive.
10. Goose’s real name was never mentioned in the movie. It’s Nick Bradshaw in case you were wondering.
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