Jay Ellis Praises ‘Top Gun’ Costar Tom Cruise Before Oscars Absence

Bonded for all times! Whereas celebrating High Gun: Maverick‘s success on the 2023 Oscars, Jay Ellis mirrored on the time he received to spend with costar Tom Cruise.

“He’s too form. [Actually] not form sufficient. Tom, sorry, you can provide me extra,” Ellis, 41, joked completely with Us Weekly on the Academy Awards on Sunday, March 13. “He’s actually form. He’s very gracious together with his time, which I believe is among the most wonderful issues.”

Jay Ellis and Tom Cruise.
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The Insecure alum continued: “In the event you textual content him, he’s like, ‘I’m gonna name you.’ Like, he’ll name you and converse to you for 30 [to] 50 minutes a couple of textual content and undergo all these various things and eventualities. He’s simply wonderful [as] a mentor, a pal, a filmmaker, an appearing coach, the entire above.”

Ellis, who starred alongside Cruise, 60, within the 2022 sequel to the 1986 action-drama movie, famous that it was a dream come true venture.

“I’ve seen each single Tom Cruise film. Most of them two or 3 times,” he continued. “To know that I received the chance to spend 10 months working with him on a film and one other nevertheless many months placing it out on the planet and occurring this press tour. It’s loopy. It’s completely bonkers.”

The South Carolina native informed Us that it felt “nice” getting to hitch his costars — together with Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, Lewis Pullman and Monica Barbaro — on the Oscars to honor the film. (High Gun: Maverick scored six nominations and finally gained for Greatest Sound.)

“Hear, that is completely wonderful to be part of a movie that’s being acknowledged with so many different wonderful movies. This journey has been loopy,” Ellis, who performed Lieutenant Reuben “Payback” Fitch, shared with Us. “For 4 years, to have accomplished this factor and been ready for it to return out and now full circle be right here with the Academy. Honoring this movie or recognizing this movie, it’s greater than I might have ever imagined. Greater than any of us might have ever dreamed of.”

Noticeably lacking from the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles had been Cruise and Glen Powell. Cruise, for his half, was not in attendance because of prior work commitments. Us confirmed on Sunday that the actor is filming Mission: Unattainable — Useless Reckoning Half II abroad and producer Jerry Bruckheimer was there to simply accept any doable wins for High Gun: Maverick.

Powell, in the meantime, introduced by way of Instagram that he wouldn’t be capable to attend the Oscars. The Scream Queens alum, 34, is at present filming a romantic comedy reverse Sydney Sweeney.

Followers had been in for a shock, nevertheless, when Woman Gaga carried out the movie’s theme track “Maintain My Hand” after it was initially introduced that she wouldn’t be capable to attend.

“I wrote this track with my pal BloodPop for the movie High Gun: Maverick in my studio basement. It’s deeply private for me and I believe that all of us want one another,” the singer, 36, mentioned earlier than delivering a surprising efficiency on stage. “We want a whole lot of like to stroll by this life and all of us want a hero. Generally there’s heroes throughout us in unassuming locations. However you may discover which you could be your individual hero — even in case you really feel damaged inside.”

With reporting by Hannah Kahn