Jon Hamm says “Top Gun: Maverick” is an “unprecedented visual experience”.
The 51-year-old actor stars as Cyclone in the long-awaited action sequel, and he says the new camera technology they used took the aerobatic footage and aerial footage to a whole new level never before. seen in the cinema before.
In an interview with Collider, he said: “The camera technology and workmanship is unparalleled. The way they shot this. The Sony camera they used has the ability to move the body of the lens. So you can kind of put the lens anywhere and it’s attached by wire.
“The ability to get shots that have never been seen before, especially in aerobatic footage and aerial footage, I think is going to really knock people off.
“You saw a few examples in the trailer, but the actual experience of watching the movie is really going to open people’s eyes and that’s 100% Claudio [Miranda, cinematographer] and Joe the manager.
“Everyone was really on the same page to visually deliver an unprecedented experience.”
Jon’s comments on the film echo those of co-star Glen Powell.
The 33-year-old actor – who plays Lt. Jake ‘Hangman’ Seresin – thinks the new blockbuster tops the iconic 1986 original film that made Tom Cruise a Hollywood star.
He said this week: “I thought that movie was magical. It lasted for a reason. And over the years, as I watched it, many, many times and shared it with many people , he hasn’t lost a bit of that magic.
“I think going back to it was kind of a daunting idea, certainly daunting for Tom, who I know was hesitant to do it because retreading the movie that made him a movie star is a lot. How do you beat it? How do you get back to that tone?”
He continued, “I think what’s amazing about what we did in ‘Top Gun: Maverick’, we took that tone, updated it, made the aerial sequences even more extreme, and took a character and a story and really found a way that was new and fresh.
“I just think the timing, especially with the technology, the IMAX cameras on the back of these jets and putting real actors in there, I think we’ve raised the bar in every way. “