Here’s How the Casting Went Down
Brotherly Connection: Cruise was cast in the film after working with Tony Scott’s brother Ridley Scott on the film Legend. As Cruise said in a clip from the 30th anniversary digital HD rerelease of Top Gun: “They first offered me the film in 1983. At this time I was off in London working with Ridley Scott…and I remember I didn’t address Top Gun during that time period, I was focused on shooting Legend… In 1984, Ridley said, ‘You gotta meet my brother.’ He’s going to direct this film Top Gun. It had things I love: movies and aviation.”
Different Director?: Tony Scott wasn’t the only director considered for the film: Both John Carpenter and David Cronenberg were considered to get behind the camera, according to Screen Rant.
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