Their hard work paid off. As the internet thirsts for more Miles Teller, Glen Powell You can find out more Top Gun: Maverick stars, Us WeeklyThis is a breakdown of everything that went into this instantly recognizable beach scene.
The Top Gun sequel follows Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) training a new generation of pilots, including his late friend Goose’s son, Rooster (Teller), for a special mission. The film made box office history in May 2022, but it also dominated social media, with many fans swooning over a Teller, Powell scene. Jay Ellis, Greg “Tarzan” DavisTheir costars playing football on a beach without shirts.
“Montages are Forever,” Powell captioned a behind-the-scenes video — set to “Man To Make Me Sweat” by Leslie Powell — of the men pumping themselves up.
The Scream QueensAn alum had previously revealed that Cruise had the group reshoot this now-infamous scene.
“It was one of the first things we filmed. That was a great move, because you spend all this time getting into shape and it can be hard to maintain while you’re on set working these long shooting days,” Powell told Men’s Journal. “The tough thing was that we didn’t realize the filming demands of the montage, which was a lot of camera angles and long lenses. So after we’d filmed for an entire day on the beach with Tom, playing our hardest and looking our best, we thought we were done and went out that night to celebrate — drinking and eating wings and tater tots. The next morning, we found out they were only getting Tom’s angles and would be shooting the rest of us the following week. We were like, ‘What?!’”
Powell recalled the cast running “back to to the gym” before the reshoot.
“We shot that whole thing about three or four times in total. It became the running joke — ‘Time to do the beach football scene again,’” he recalled.
The football scene paid tribute in the OG to the much-talked-about volleyball scenes Top GunCruise and his castmates participated in the sport in jeans and no shirts in the movie “The Last Jedi.”
“I remember having to guard Tom during the beach football scene and I was blown away,” Powell continued. “I like to think I’m pretty fast, but Tom is just so fast. The fact that he’s getting close to 60 years old and is sprinting on the beach is insane. I mean, it doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense. So when he talks about how he works out and how he eats, of course, I’m going to listen. He is extremely disciplined in all areas of his life. He’s disciplined in how he treats his body and what he puts into his body. Tom’s diet principles — which is a lot of lean fish and veggies — make a lot of sense to me. And I don’t think there was a day when he didn’t work out.”
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