“He was there to add conflict to Rooster’s character, which is a good thing, but he wasn’t three-dimensional and he had no reward,” Powell said.
“Top Gun: Maverick” was such a huge success, both critically and commercially, that it’s hard to imagine an actor not wanting to be in the film. But Glen Powell wasn’t sure playing the arrogant Jake “Hangman” Seresin would be a good career move.
In a new interview with GQ, Powell shared his first impressions of the Top Gun: Maverick script. The actor initially auditioned for the role of Rooster, which ultimately went to Miles Teller, but when called in to read for Hangman, he had some reservations about the role. Powell disparagingly referred to the character as “Dick Garnish” and “Navy Draco Malfoy,” and it took some convincing before he realized Hangman’s complexity.
“He was there to add conflict to Rooster’s character, which is a good thing, but he wasn’t three-dimensional and he had no reward. I didn’t know why he existed,” Powell said of Hangman. “It was a leap of faith. In hindsight, I think, God, I can’t imagine I missed this, but it wasn’t that obvious.”
Powell said that when they began filming, Tom Cruise helped him find ways to make the character more likable. The legendary actor advised Powell to avoid putting one’s feet up, as it could anger audiences in foreign markets, where such body language is considered rude.
“It’s not like I need people to root for you, but I need them to love watching you,” Powell recalled when Cruise told him. “In some places in the world, that body language will emotionally distract them from your character.”
Powell went on to explain that the experience of working with Cruise has broadened his knowledge of the film industry and given him a clearer idea of what kind of movie star he wants to be.
“To make movies of this magnitude, if you’re going to make a ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ on this budget, you have to be able to justify your star value and creative influence to make sure the film gets everywhere “, he said. “This is where Studios trust Tom. They look at Tom and say, ‘Yeah, you know how to do it, do it.’ I think this is a really fun challenge. Am I able to do this?”
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