Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick absolutely killed it at the box office, and there’s a certain shirtless beach scene that may have contributed to its success. (I mean a lot of fans are still) drooling over Miles Teller and company in the viral scene† Independent thinking person star Lewis Pullman has now shed some light on the cast’s training for the series, in which he wasn’t actually that shirtless. He also remembered the moment he heard co-star Glen Powell whisper a hilarious mantra to himself.
Lewis Pullman plays Lt. “Bob” Floyd in the recently released blockbuster, and his character is a little different from the buff jet pilots we see in the movie. He’s a bit more reserved and frankly quite nerdy. Some may have assumed that Bob’s personality influenced the creative decision to have the character keep his shirt on during the soccer game on the beach. And in an interview with US Weekly, Pullman explained that this was indeed the reason he didn’t approve of Floyd taking his shirt off. During the chat, Pullman went deeper into Bob’s thinking regarding the scene. Here it is in his own words:
That is already known Tom Cruise sets the cast of Top Gun: Maverick by the wringer in preparation for their role. Apparently Cruise didn’t have to encourage them to busting their ass for their shirtless beach soccer scenebecause the weight of looking good in the scene was enough pressure to force them into action.
In the same interview, Lewis Pullman recalled the moment he heard Glen Powell, who plays Hangman in the film, sing while he was working out. (You have to find your source of intrinsic motivation for this sort of thing, right?) And it’s hard not to burst out just thinking about this saying:
Frankly, that sounds like the perfect meta-movie moment, and I’d kill for an extended version of the editing in a director’s cut. More realistically, the very real moment shows just how much pressure the stars had to look their best in a scene that turned out to be damn iconic. So kudos to them for committing. I wouldn’t be surprised if the scene doesn’t live rent-free in Top Gun fans heads for years just like the infamous volleyball scene from the original movie has.
In fact, a Rewatch the original Top Gun movie is almost a necessity before or after watching Independent thinking person (one of the biggest new movie releases of 2022), if not for enjoying shirtless scenes, then just for comparison purposes. Yes, definitely not for the oiled abs and shirtless beach scenes.