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F1 Icon Lewis Hamilton Says He Declined Fighter Pilot Role In “Top Gun: Maverick”

Seven-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton recently revealed that Tom Cruise had offered him the role of a fighter pilot in his blockbuster film Top Gun Maverick which was turned down by the motorsports icon.

Filming Schedule Clashing With Ongoing Season Made Lewis Hamilton Drop The Offer

Lewis Hamilton, who recently became the owner of an NFL franchise, had drawn closer to being featured in the biggest movie of 2022. Recently the Formula 1 superstar spoke to Vanity Fair where he said that he refused a role to play a fighter pilot in Top Gun: Maverick.

Since the star is a friend of Tom Cruise and Hamilton was willing to be a part of the movie being a fan of the original 1986 superhit. Yet there is one reason why he could not star in the sequel.

“When I heard the second one was coming out, I was like, ‘Oh, my God, I have to ask him,” said Hamilton, “I don’t care what role it is. I’ll even sweep something, be a cleaner in the back,” To which Cruise nodded, and Hamilton was all set to be one of the fighter pilots.

Unfortunately, the filming schedule clashed with the climax of the F1 season, and Hamilton was not able to break his time which was the only problem. Hamilton even reached out to Cruise and  director Joseph Kosinski and said that turning the offer down was “most upsetting.”

On 27th May this year, Top Gun: Maverick hit the theatres and became a commercial and censorious success. The ticket sales of the Paramount Pictures blockbuster earned over $662 million. It was the seventh-highest-grossing film at the domestic box office.

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Tom Cruise talked about the training they underwent to prepare for the shooting of the film in an interview with Screen Rant.

“Making movies, you’re constantly learning; you have to constantly work to become more and more competent in many different fields. And I want to tell them, that’s the beauty of making movies,” said Cruise, “That’s why I’ve always pushed my films to go international, around the world and in different communities. And to be part of that right from the beginning. It was my dream. You’ve got to work. You got to work. It’s not a bunch of parties and doing that, and that’s what I love. And then they get to enjoy this evening.”

Even though he dropped Maverick, Hamilton is all set to be part of a huge F1 flick, obtained by Apple back in June and featuring Brad Pitt on the lead. Hamilton is set to co-produce the film along with Kosinski. Pitt will be starred in the untitled film and would play the role of a driver coming out of retirement to compete alongside a rookie against the top drivers in the world.

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