Tom Cruise Arrives At Top Gun Premiere By Helicopter After Landing Onto An Aircraft Carrier Because… Tom Cruise

Limos are soooo 1986.

Tom Cruise really doesn’t like doing things by halves, and his arrival at the Top Gun: Maverick premiere was no different.

The Hollywood star arrived by helicopter, which then landed onto a US aircraft carrier, during an epic red-carpet arrival at the star-studded first showing of the reboot of the 1986 classic.

Despite being able to fly the chopper in question, the actor admitted that someone else was in the cockpit on this occasion.

“No, not today. I do fly that helicopter, but not today,” he said after after touching down and stepping out onto the USS Midway carrier in San Diego, California.

The actor said it had been a case of “now or never” when discussing plans for the sequel, which comes 36 years after the release of the original aviation blockbuster.

Due to be released in cinemas on 27 May, the sequel sees Tom reprise the role of US naval aviator Pete Mitchell.

Other stars include Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Monica Barbaro, Val Kilmer, Jon Hamm and Glen Powell.

Tom Cruise arrives on helicopter to the Global Premiere of Top Gun: Maverick on May 04, 2022 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images Paramount Pictures)
Tom Cruise arrives on helicopter to the Global Premiere of Top Gun: Maverick on May 04, 2022 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images Paramount Pictures)
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“This moment right here, getting to see everyone, no masks. This is pretty epic,” he said, speaking to Deadline at the event.

“It was really now or never, it was a moment, we were looking at how to tell this story… I’ve been thinking about it and figuring it out.

“I thought if we’re going to go in, we have to go in now.”

He added: “Of course (Top Gun) is this great summer experience, and what it became to audiences and generations is something I could never have imagined at the time we were making it.

“But it’s a drama at its heart and it has that kind of storytelling that I cut my teeth on, that I love seeing with these characters.

“The movie means a lot to me, a lot to my career, a lot to the studio and a lot to audiences.”

Tom Cruise attends the Global Premiere of Top Gun: Maverick on May 04, 2022 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)
Tom Cruise attends the Global Premiere of Top Gun: Maverick on May 04, 2022 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)
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Tom provided his cast members with a rigorous training programme in preparation for the film, including real-life jet plane flying lessons.

“This cast is amazing, they’re unbelievable these guys… they’re a very talented group,” he said.

The actor was praised by his co-stars as a “mentor and friend” who “cares that everybody wins”.

(L-R) Glen Powell, Monica Barbaro, Jay Ellis, Bashir Salahuddin, Lyliana Wray, Miles Teller, Charles Parnell, Joseph Kosinski, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Connelly, Jake Picking, Tom Cruise, Lewis Pullman, Jerry Bruckheimer, Christopher McQuarrie, Greg Tarzan Davis, David Ellison, Raymond Lee, Jean Louisa Kelly, Manny Jacinto, Kara Wang and Danny Ramirez attend the Global Premiere of "Top Gun: Maverick" on May 04, 2022 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)
(L-R) Glen Powell, Monica Barbaro, Jay Ellis, Bashir Salahuddin, Lyliana Wray, Miles Teller, Charles Parnell, Joseph Kosinski, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Connelly, Jake Picking, Tom Cruise, Lewis Pullman, Jerry Bruckheimer, Christopher McQuarrie, Greg Tarzan Davis, David Ellison, Raymond Lee, Jean Louisa Kelly, Manny Jacinto, Kara Wang and Danny Ramirez attend the Global Premiere of "Top Gun: Maverick" on May 04, 2022 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)
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“Tom Cruise doesn’t half-arse anything,” said Glen Powell, who plays Hangman in the film.

“Without Tom on this movie being our flight instructor, our mentor, our friend, there is no way we could pull this off.

“Tom is Maverick in real life, he’s as cool as it gets.

“The thing that makes him special is that he cares that everybody wins. You watch this movie and every single character in the movie wins, everyone looks cool.

“It’s never about him, it’s about the end product.”

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Jon Hamm, who plays Vice, paid tribute to Tom’s “unparalleled work ethic”.

“He’s the first guy on set and he’s the last guy to leave. He works every day and he works harder than everybody,” he told Deadline.

“His enthusiasm for film-making, especially a film like this that he has such a rich history with, is infectious.”

Top Gun: Maverick was originally due for release in July 2019 but was repeatedly pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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