It was delivered to him by the United States Naval Air Force.
Tom Cruise He is an actor who is not afraid to explore his limits. Known for filming his most dangerous action scenes without stunts, he received an honorary naval aviation certificate for his role as the expert pilot Maverick in the film. Top Gun.
This recognition is done while the filming of the new installment of another very successful saga, that of Mission Impossible, is still underway. and while preparing what will be the first film filmed in space.
The fearless Maverick has become one of the most iconic characters in pop culture, hands down. That’s why the United States Naval Air Force awarded this title to Cruise and the producer. Jerry Bruckheimer.
At a ceremony at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, the actor was awarded the 35th Honorary Naval Aviator certificate, while, in the same category, the producer received the 36th.
“In the history of cinema, there is no aviation film more iconic than Top Gun, 1986 “, says in a statement the Naval Air Force.
“His characters, dialogue and images are ingrained in the minds of an entire generation of Americans. The film captured the hearts of millions, which has had a profound positive impact on recruiting for Naval Aviation, “he adds.
The statement continues to highlight the ability to Top Gun to bring the world of aviation closer to millions of young people. “It has significantly promoted and supported Naval Aviation and put aircraft carriers and aircraft in pop culture,” he highlights, while praising how the film reproduces the strategies, equipment and tactics of the US Air Force.
While Bruckheimer was present at the ceremony to receive the honorary title, Cruise had to do it through a video callas he is currently filming Mission Impossible 7 in different areas of Europe.
In addition to being one of the busiest actors in Hollywood, Cruise also holds the title of Certified Pilot, and has flown all kinds of aircraft in both his movies and in real life.
Directed by Tony Scott, Top Gun It was a huge box office success: With a budget of $ 15 million, it grossed more than $ 350 million worldwide.
Thanks to the repercussion of this film, Paramount was for some years the “fashionable” production company for films with “military themes”.
It also had its drawbacks. During the filming, the pilot and flight cameraman Art Scholl died in a plane crash. when his Pitts S-2 plane sank in the Pacific Ocean.
Scholl’s last words were: “I have a problem, I have a real problem.”
After a series of expert reports, the accident was attributed to the “extra weight of the technical team”.
In the credits, the last line reads: “This movie is dedicated to the memory of Art Scholl.”
The sequel to Top Gun, titled Top Gun: Maverick, postponed its premiere to July 1, 2021, due to the coronavirus pandemic. As in the original film, in addition to Cruise, there will also be Val Kilmer.