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Top Gun: Maverick Director Says Tom Cruise & Val Kilmer’s Reunion Was ‘Very Emotional’



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Top Gun: Maverick has proved to be more than just a nostalgic trip back to the 80s, wowing critics and audiences and becoming on the biggest movies of the year. While the movie hasn’t rested on its nostalgic laurels, director Joseph Kosinski revealed in a recent interview that the most emotional moment making the movie did come from its biggest nostalgic pivot: the reunion of Tom Cruise’s Maverick and Val Kilmer’s Iceman.

Top Gun: Maverick has torn up the box office in the last couple of weeks after landing on Memorial Day Weekend, and while it does have plenty of links back to the 1986 original, it only brings back Cruise and Kilmer from that cast. However,, that was more than enough to bring a huge emotional moment to the movie, and filming it was one thing that Kosinski will never forget. He told The Hollywood Reporter:

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There has been no doubt that the on-screen reunion between Maverick and Iceman is the kind of moment cinema was created to deliver, but the love of the actors for each other is something that began 36 years ago in the original Top Gun. Kilmer recently explained that there was a “special bond” between everyone on the set of the original movie, and they would often continue to socialize together after shooting had finished.

When it came to the appearance of Kilmer’s Iceman in the new movie, it seems that both Cruise and producer Jerry Bruckheimer were adamant that he had to be part of Top Gun: Maverick. After the movie’s arrival in cinemas, and its continued success at the box office, it is now clear why they believed that Kilmer had to be part on the movie by whatever means necessary.