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Jon Hamm recalls the excitement of the first day on the set of “Top Gun: Maverick” with Tom Cruise.
In an interview with TODAY, Hamm, 51, opened up about working with the movie star in the just-released film.
“I’ll never forget my first day on set. There’s Tom Cruise, and he’s like, ‘Hey,’ come give me a big hug, and he’s like, ‘It’s so good to have you here,'” explained Hamm during the interview.
Hamm then asked Cruise, 59, what it was like to reprise the same role 30 years later.
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“I was like, ‘This must be an out-of-body experience for you. You’re in the same wardrobe on the same set, and that’s 30 years later.’ He said: “I feel like I’m at home. And I was like, ‘Of course, yes.
Hamm shared what it was like to be around Cruise, saying his energy was “infectious” and “fun.”
“It’s a rare thing to be around a guy like that,” he said of Cruise.
During the interview, the ‘Mad Men’ star opened up about what it was like to be offered a role on ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ and said it was “a no-brainer.”
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“If my eighth-grade self could talk to myself now, we wouldn’t both be figuring this out,” Hamm said during the interview about his role.
He continued, “It was a no-brainer for me. I was just like, ‘Are you kidding? Yeah.’ I don’t care about the part. I’d craft service on this thing if I could.
Hamm spoke about the release date being pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic, saying that to get the true experience of the film, it needed to be shown on the “big screen”.
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“It was supposed to come out in 2020,” he said. “Obviously the world has come to a standstill. But the idea was that it had to be seen big and loud and on a big screen and it had to be styled back.”
The movie’s fighter jets are a main attraction that Hamm remembers, admiring the men and women who went through the training to perform the movie’s stunts.
“It’s not a joke, it’s not CGI. It’s real,” Hamm said of the fighter jet scenes. “And these guys and girls all had to go through fighter pilot training, they wear G-suits, they experience g-LOC, loss of consciousness. It’s exciting, your pulse starts immediately speed up when you see it.”
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The new movie “Top Gun,” directed by Joseph Kosinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, was released on Tuesday.
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