One Of The Most Popular Films Of The 1980’s
When the 1986 action drama film Top Gun was released, it became a major commercial hit which grossed $356 million against a production budget of only $15 million. It easily became one of the biggest movies of the 1980s and coined many popular catch-phrases like “I feel the need for speed!” It gave a major boost to Tom Cruise’s career, who was praised highly for his acting performance.
For other actors and actresses as well who co-starred in the film, the film gave affirmation to their budding acting careers (Remember Anthony Edwards in ER?). The noteworthy acting performances, action sequences, special effects, and soundtrack all contributed to making this movie the classic it is today. There were many interesting things occurring behind the scenes of the movie, that even the biggest Top Gun fan has never heard about. Keep reading to find out what!
Cruise’s Pivotal Role
In the film, Tom Cruise plays the role of Lieutenant Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, a young naval aviator aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. At just 24-years-old, Cruise became one of the biggest and highly sought after stars on the planet.
One year after the film’s release, Tom Cruise married his first wife, actress Mimi Rogers. Mimi introduced him to Scientology.