Tom Cruise doesn’t do many sequels Impossible Mission‘s Ethan Hunt was the only role of his career he’d played at least twice, with Jack Reacher being the only other outlier up until then Top Gun: Maverick came with.
Not that overtures hadn’t been made in the decades since Tony Scott’s 1986 original first catapulted the young star to the top of the Hollywood A-list, a position he’s held to ever since. Agreeing to return as Pete Mitchell turned out to be the smartest move of the star’s career loner by far the biggest box-office hit of his career.
However, director Joseph Kosinski revealed in an interview with Collider that he had spent so long turning down various pitches top gun After the sequels, Cruise walked into the filmmaker’s room just trying to convince him to say no, until the promise of the dynamic between Maverick and Rooster that drives the story caught his attention.
“The first thing I suggested to him was the Rooster story. That this reconciliation between these two characters faced a mission that would take them both across enemy lines where they would have to come together and fight back as a team just like him and Goose. That would be the story. And as soon as I said that, I could see the wheels start turning in Tom’s head because he walked into this room and he was ready to say, ‘Thanks for coming, but I’m not doing another one top gun Consequence. I’m sorry people.”
Kosinski was given 30 minutes between setups Mission: Impossible – Fallout Twisting Cruise’s arm and it’s clear he made one hell of an impression on the veteran action icon. He had spent so long fighting back Top gun 2 that he had it in his head to do exactly the same thing again, only to end the day with one of the best blockbusters of modern times.
https://wegotthiscovered.com/movies/tom-cruise-walked-into-top-gun-maverick-pitch-meeting-ready-to-say-no-to-the-biggest-hit-of-his-career/ Maverick’ pitch meeting ready to say no