Glen Powell thinks there was more “male insecurity” on the set of Top Gun: Maverick than any other film he worked on.
During an interview for the latest issue of Men’s Health magazine, the Hidden Figures actor reflected on the intense training required to produce Tom Cruise’s new film – the sequel to 1986’s Top Gun – and confessed that A shirtless football scene had caused the most concern among the stars.
“In the days leading up to it, there was more male insecurity than you’ve ever seen on any set,” said Glen, who plays mission trainee pilot Lt. Jake “Hangman” Seresin. , to the publication, before adding jokingly, “And probably more coconut oil than even on Magic Mike.”
And Jay Ellis, who plays Lt. Reuben “Payback” Fitch, noted that every aspect of the project was physically demanding.
“You tell the pilot, ‘I need the sun at six o’clock.’ You also tell the pilot where to position the plane and what maneuvers we need to perform for the film,” he said, referring to the hands-on stunts that required him to work with a real pilot. “There are scenes where a lot of my castmates and I are really shooting seven Gs out of the back of an F-18, the cameras are rolling, and we’re playing through.”
Elsewhere, Danny Ramirez – who plays Lt. Mickey “Fanboy” Garcia – recalled how he was always nervous flying with Glen.
“Glen is all smiles, more smiles in a minute than you’ve had all week. Next thing I know he’s pushing the throttle forward and we’re in heaven . It’s bigger than a drop in confidence. Way bigger,” he laughs.
Top Gun: Maverick opens in US theaters on May 27.