In an emotional interview, Val Kilmer discusses his return to Top Gun: Maverick. The Joseph Kosinski-directed sequel has been in the works for over three decades. The role of Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, a Navy pilot, is reprised by Tom Cruise. Top Gun: Maverick is also bringing back Kilmer’s Iceman, which is sure to please many fans.
In Top Gun: Maverick, the film doesn’t bring back a lot of characters from its predecessor, as it prefers to focus on the present and future. As seen in the film, Maverick is assigned to train a new batch of recruits for a special mission, despite the fact that his flying skills have led to his promotion to the rank of Navy Captain. Iceman, who is now a lieutenant in the organization, appears to have endorsed him for the position despite his poor reputation. Top Gun: Maverick’s marketing has yet to include Kilmer’s Kazansky in any way. Despite this, Top Gun fans can look forward to the confirmation that he will play a significant role in the story.
Among his most memorable roles was that of Top Gun: Maverick, and Kilmer is thrilled to be recast in the role. On ET Canada’s latest, he described it as “meeting an old friend again” and said that the “characters never really go away.” There is no way for them to survive outside of a deep freeze. Forgive the pun, if you please. His silence on his role in the film is understandable given his desire to avoid giving away any surprises. As a substitute, he reminisced about their time on the set of Top Gun together. The following are some of his additional thoughts:
“My main joy was the camaraderie of the cast, [producers] Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, along with the incredible, unflappable enthusiasm of Tony Scott and Tom Cruise. My crew was Rick Rossovich [who played “Slider”], the funniest strong manin show business back then, and Barry Tubb [“Wolfman”]… Oh, we all laughed till we fell down the hot, spiked crabgrass at the Holiday Inn in San Diego.”
Prior to the release of Top Gun: Maverick, early screenings of the film have begun for reviewers, and the general consensus is that it’s going to be even better than the original. Aside from delivering on the expected high standards of the first film in terms of action scenes and stunts, the sequel also appears to meet expectations in terms of story and character development as well. There has been much praise for Maverick’s emotional narrative in Top Gun. Because of the return of Cruise and Kilmer to their roles as Maverick and Iceman, there must be some nostalgia involved. But it will also be interesting to see how their relationship from the first film has evolved over the years and how it affects the next generation of Navy pilots.