Formula 1 superstar Lewis Hamilton has driven race cars to seven world championships but had to turn down the opportunity to jump into the cockpit of a fighter jet for a role in Top Gun: Maverickhe says vanity lounge in a new interview.
fan of the original Superior gun, and Tom Cruise’s friend Hamilton said, “When I heard the second one was coming out, I was like, ‘Oh my God, I have to ask him.'” He told Cruise, “I don’t care what role it is. I’ll even sweep something, be a cleaning lady in the back.
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Obviously Maverick himself agreed and Hamilton was to be one of the pilots. But filming would have clashed at the height of the F1 season, and being a ‘perfectionist’ who couldn’t have split his time, Hamilton had to turn down the role. Say Cruise and TGM director Joseph Kosinski was “the most heartbreaking call I think I’ve ever had,” he recounts in the VF article.
Hamilton will have the chance to work with Kosinski: he’s one of the producers on the director’s untitled Formula 1 film starring Brad Pitt which landed at Apple earlier this year. Pitt will play a pilot who comes out of retirement to compete alongside a rookie against the titans of his sport.
hamilton said VF he met Pitt and arranged for him to visit the British factories where this year’s Formula 1 car for Mercedes is made. The driver also checked the script “because the Americans who write it are just getting used to Formula 1”.
Hamilton and Cruise are good friends. In July, Cruise celebrated his 60th birthday at the British Formula 1 Grand Prix, where he supported Hamilton. “He’s a great friend of mine. Hope he has a great day,” Cruise told Sky Sports on the starting grid.
The driver returned the sentiment, saying VF that Cruise is “one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet”.
Meanwhile, the hypersonic Top Gun: Maverick continues to defy gravity, crossing $1.35 billion at the global box office last Sunday.
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