‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Star Miles Teller Reveals Tom Cruise’s Reaction After Finding Jet Fuel In His Blood

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Miles Teller made a shocking discovery while filming ‘Top Gun: Maverick’.

This week, the actor sat down with Seth Meyers on ‘Late Night’ and revealed he found out he had ‘flame retardant, pesticides and jet fuel’ in his blood after bursting out of hives on the shelf.

“We landed, and I was just like, ‘Man, I’m not feeling too good,'” the 35-year-old recalled. “I was really hot and started itching like crazy. So I step off the jet and am covered head to toe in hives.”

The star immediately went to the doctor for a blood test and then soaked in an oatmeal bath to soothe her “sensitive Irish-Scottish skin”.

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His test results made his jaw drop.

“My bloodwork is coming back and I have flame retardants, pesticides and jet fuel in my blood,” Teller said. “Then I thought, ‘Wait a second, that’s actually pretty cool.'”

When he returned to the set the next day, his co-star Tom Cruise asked him about his results.

“I was like, ‘Well, Tom, it turns out I have jet fuel in my blood,'” Teller said. “Without skipping a beat, Tom just said, ‘Yeah, I was born with it, kid. “”

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Miles Teller and Tom Cruise attend the photoshoot of "Top Gun: Maverick" during the 75th Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 18, 2022 in Cannes, France.
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Miles Teller and Tom Cruise attend the ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ photo call during the 75th Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 18, 2022 in Cannes, France.
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“So that was a very Tom moment for me,” Teller added.

The health scare paid off for Teller.

Cruise, 59, earned his first $100 million opening weekend with the “Top Gun” sequel.

In its first three days in North American theaters, the long-running blockbuster grossed an estimated $124 million in ticket sales, Paramount Pictures said.

Including international projections, its worldwide total is $248 million. The film continued to soar in its second weekend, losing just 32% since opening with $86 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates.

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Jennifer Connelly;  Jon Hamm;  Glen Powell;  Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge;  and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, attend the Royal Performance of "Top Gun: Maverick" in Leicester Square on May 19, 2022 in London.

Jennifer Connelly; Jon Hamm; Glen Powell; Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge; and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the royal performance of ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ at Leicester Square on May 19, 2022 in London.
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The Paramount Pictures release, with Cruise reprising his role from the 1986 original, holds up better than any movie of its kind before. Its modest drop — 50-65% is more typical for blockbusters — is the smallest drop for a movie that opened above $100 million.

Overseas, director Joseph Kosinski’s film is doing even better. In 64 overseas markets, “Top Gun: Maverick” fell just 20% in its second weekend with $81.7 million.

Thanks to stellar word of mouth, terrific reviews and a global promotional tour, “Top Gun: Maverick” has already grossed $548.6 million worldwide, easily making it one of the biggest hits. of Cruise’s career. In domestic ticket sales ($291.6 million so far), the “Top Gun” sequel already ranks as Cruise’s top performance.

While ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ is unlikely to match the $1.89 billion worldwide of Sony Pictures’ ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’, the pandemic’s biggest box office hit. , Cruise and company have been hailed for leading the final push in movie theaters resuming. Paramount delayed its release for two years.

Teller joined Glen Powell, Greg Tarzan Davis, Jay Ellis, Monica Barbaro and Lewis Pullman as part of a new class of pilots for the film. Jennifer Connelly and Jon Hamm also star. Val Kilmer reprized his role from the original.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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