They tried to get another star Lewis Hamilton in the movie
The movie ‘ Top Gun: Maverick ‘ has become the highest grossing film of the year, breaking all the forecasts that ensured the failure of the sequel to the successful movie ‘ Top Gun: Idols of the air ‘of 1986 .
However, this successful movie could have had another superstar in its cast, a celebrity who is a big fan of speed and who would have been a perfect pilot for this production.
It is about Lewis Hamilton , the seven-time Formula 1 world champion who, although he is not a Hollywood actor, is one of the best drivers in the history of motorsports .
In a recent interview for the magazine ‘Vanity Fair‘, Lewis Hamilton confessed that he was very close to being part of the cast of ‘Top Gun: Maverick‘, a film with which he has been obsessed since he saw the first installment, released 36 years ago .
In the interview, Lewis Hamilton said that he has been a friend of Tom Cruise for a few years .
“I’m basically friends with Tom Cruise. He’s one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. He invited me on his set years ago when he was doing ‘Edge of Tomorrow,’ and over time we built a friendship.” closeness, the pilot did not hesitate to contact Cruise to ask him to include him in the sequel to the film, even if it was in a secondary role, he just wanted to participate in one of his favorite movie sagas.
“When I heard there was a second part on the way I was like… my God, I have to talk to Tom,” the Mercedes driver said with a laugh. “I told him that I didn’t care what role they gave me. As if I had to be sweeping in the background during a scene where I didn’t look good.” Faced with this request, the ‘Mission Impossible’ actor could not refuse and not only accepted, but also proposed to play a fighter pilot.
Lewis Hamilton turned down his role in ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ to fulfill his F1 schedule
Unfortunately, the film’s shooting schedule coincided with the end of the Formula 1 season, a season in which the British driver disputed the championship with the Dutch driver Max Verstappen, of the Red Bull Racing team.
Knowing that he could not participate in the film, Lewis Hamilton decided to personally call Tom Cruise and Joseph Kosinski, director of the film, to apologize for not being able to accept this coveted role.
“I’m a perfectionist. There just wasn’t time. (It was) the most disappointing call I’ve ever made,” said the F1 driver.
Although the pilot is really proud of his friend’s success, the truth is that he is disappointed not to have won the World Cup and not to have participated in one of the 50 films that have exceeded 1,000 million dollars at the box office.