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Iceman and Maverick are reunited.
Val Kilmer recently shared what it was like filming ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ with Tom Cruise nearly 30 years after the original ‘Top Gun’ was released.
“It felt like time hadn’t passed,” Kilmer told Entertainment Weekly on Thursday. “We blew a lot of takes laughing so much,” he continued. “It was really fun…special.”
Kilmer, 62, reprized his role as Tom “Iceman” Kazansky in the sequel. The actor revealed that even from a young age, all the stars shared a close bond.
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“We were all so young when the first movie was made, but even then there was a special bond between all of us,” Kilmer said. “Even after filming, we were laughing and dancing all night long!”
Kilmer shared with the outlet how he received the news to star in “Top Gun: Maverick.”
“Tom called me. I said yes immediately,” he said.
In the newly released film, Cruise’s character Pete “Maverick” Mitchell is invited back to train a new group of pilots for the Top Gun program. The film’s director, Joseph Kosinski, shared with the outlet that he needed to find a way to incorporate Kilmer’s character into the film.
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“You had to find a way to bring in Iceman,” he said. “We sat down with Val. He came up with the idea of bringing Iceman into it in a really authentic way.”
Kilmer’s Iceman supports Maverick’s unique teaching skills as he battles an illness that has taken its voice in the film. This part of the script resembles Kilmer’s personal life.
In 2017, the actor shared that he was diagnosed with throat cancer and had trouble speaking ever since. Like Iceman, Kilmer communicates primarily in writing.
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Both Kosinski and Cruise knew Kilmer’s return to “Top Gun: Maverick” was vital. The scene where Iceman and Maverick reunite was the first time the two actors had filmed together in nearly 30 years.
“Obviously [we] spent a lot of time on this scene, writing it, preparing,” Kosinski said. “I didn’t know how it was going to work. … It’s a very beautiful scene. We shot it in Los Angeles in a very nice house in a park. Very special to see not only Val and Tom, but Maverick and Iceman return to the screen together.”
Cruise earned the biggest movie launch of his career with “Top Gun: Maverick,” grossing $151 million at the box office over Memorial Day weekend.
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The Paramount film, which has been delayed multiple times due to the coronavirus pandemic, now holds the record for the second-best Memorial Day opening of all time behind Johnny Depp’s ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End’ , which made $153 million when it was released in 2007.
Fox News’ Tracy Wright contributed to this report.
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