Miles Teller attended “Tom Cruise boot camp” for his role in “Top Gun: Maverick.”
The 35-year-old actor plays Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw in the long-awaited sequel to the 1986 film “Top Gun” and revealed how Cruise put all the cast through intense training to help them prepare for the project.
Speaking to Total Film magazine, Miles said: “We were all mini-Toms making that movie. He took us through… I’m just going to call it ‘Tom Cruise boot camp’. We were in great shape. .
“And also for the stunts and the stuff that Tom does in the movies, it’s usually a very specific type of training. You don’t just go to the gym and lift weights. We did flight training for three months before we started filming.. We were tested.
Tom, who will reprise his role as Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in the film, also described how he developed a training program for his co-stars to help them learn to fly the Boeing F/A-18 Superhornets.
The ‘Mission: Impossible’ actor said, “I developed a program for the actors, and how we could get them into the (F/A-18s).
“It was every step of the way. I had to teach them how to fly. I had to teach them how to handle gs. I had to give them confidence in the plane.”
Cruise recalled how he wanted to make the fighter pilot experience as authentic as possible in the first movie and was determined to replicate that for the sequel – which will be released in May.
The 59-year-old star said: “When I first committed to the first ‘Top Gun’, I did so based on the fact that I would be filmed in the F-14 and that I could fly in the F-14.
“I wanted to give the audience this experience of what it’s like to be a fighter pilot, and what that world is like, and the culture of it.”