Lewis Hamilton Virtually Performed a Fighter Pilot in ‘High Gun: Maverick’

Past simply needing to be a top-tier driver, being a Formulation 1 driver requires an intense stage of bodily health and ability. F1 drivers expertise excessive g-forces and searing temperatures, to not point out the intense hazard inherent to the game. One of many solely jobs that basically surpasses F1 by way of depth and ability is fighter jet pilot, and in a implausible and wide-ranging interview for Self-importance Honest’s September cowl story, seven-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton says he practically melded the 2 worlds, nearly becoming a member of the forged of High Gun: Maverick.

The revelation comes after Hamilton discusses Apple’s upcoming Formulation 1 film, which he can be a producer on. Set to star Brad Pitt, that unnamed movie can be directed by Joseph Kosinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, the duo behind the brand new High Gun. Hamilton says he will not act within the film, because it’s too clich├ęd to be a race automotive driver enjoying a race automotive driver, however he has been closely concerned in overhauling the script so it is correct to what F1 is actually like.

Hamilton then goes on to speak about his friendship with Tom Cruise, which developed after visiting the set of Fringe of Tomorrow, and says that he was obsessive about turning into a fighter pilot as a child after watching the unique High Gun. “So after I heard the second was popping out, I used to be like, ‘Oh, my God, I’ve to ask him, I do not care what position it’s. I am going to even sweep one thing, be a cleaner within the again,'” says Hamilton. Cruise stated sure, however the position that Hamilton received supplied was even cooler: He would play one of many fighter pilots.

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Sadly, filming for Top Gun: Maverick would take place during the end of the Formula 1 season, and Hamilton knew he wouldn’t be able to do both to the level of perfection at which he likes to operate. Hamilton says telling Cruise and Kosinski that he couldn’t go through with the project was “the most upsetting call I think I’ve ever had.”

His F1 background would’ve prepared him well for the role too, as the cast of Top Gun: Maverick underwent legit pilot training to prepare for the film, as the actors were really up in the sky in fighter jets during filming (though not actually piloting the planes themselves).

Top Gun: Maverick recently passed the $1 billion mark at the global box office, making it both Cruise and Paramount’s most successful film ever, and it’s also the seventh highest-grossing movie in domestic box office history, beating out Titanic. Given the runaway success of the film, it wouldn’t be a shock to see another entry in the franchise. Though Hamilton denies rumors that he’s ready to quit F1, if the stars align maybe we’ll see him star in Top Gun 3.