Tom Cruise caught his neck out for his co-star.
Back in 1986, the Hollywood icon starred as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in “Top Gun” alongside Val Kilmer, who performed his rival, Tom “Iceman” Kazansky. The 2 performed college students at an elite Naval aviation faculty.
Each actors reprise their roles for the upcoming sequel, “High Gun: Maverick” – thanks partly to Cruise’s insisting to producer Jerry Bruckheimer that Kilmer, now 61, return.
“He mentioned, ‘We’ve got to have Val, we have now to have him again. We’ve got to have him within the movie,'” the producer instructed Folks journal. “And he was the driving drive. All of us wished him, however Tom was actually adamant that if he’ll make one other ‘High Gun,’ Val needed to be in it.”
Bruckheimer appeared pleased to have had Kilmer again on set as effectively.
“He is such a high-quality actor, and he is such a great particular person,” the producer gushed over Kilmer. “We had such a great time on the primary one and wished to convey a few of the gang again collectively once more.”
Getting the castmates again collectively was “a extremely emotional expertise” for many individuals, Bruckheimer mentioned.
“It was a very long time getting there, however we did,” he mentioned.
In his latest memoir, Kilmer addressed previous rumors that Cruise, now 59, was growing a “High Gun” sequel.
“He was calling it ‘High Gun: Maverick.’ Effectively, Tom was Maverick, however Maverick’s nemesis was Iceman. The 2 went collectively like salt and pepper,” Kilmer wrote within the guide, per People. “It did not matter that the producers did not contact me. Because the Temptations sang within the heyday of Motown soul, ‘ain’t too proud to beg.'”
After Kilmer was finally requested to affix the sequel, it appears the actor was thrilled.
“They honor the legacy of Iceman, and he was so stoked by it,” Kilmer’s 26-year-old son Jack instructed the outlet.