With ‘Top Gun: Maverick,’ Hollywood is once again relying on nostalgia to deliver a major box office hit. Since the first film came out 36 years ago, a lot has changed. Take a look at how old Tom Cruise and the rest of the cast were back then.
Tom Cruise was just beginning his acting career when he portrayed Lt. Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell in the original ‘Top Gun’, which was released over 40 years ago and became an action classic because to its airborne stunts and soundtrack.
However, there will be a sequel, ‘Top Gun: Maverick,’ which will be released on May 27th. Once again, Captain Mitchell will be training a new generation of pilots, which includes the son of his best buddy Goose’s son, Bradley “Rooster” (Miles Teller).
Critics have praised the sequel, which was delayed and hampered by the COVID-19 epidemic, calling it “thrilling” and “emotional.” If you’d want a trip down memory lane, here are the ages of the original cast members from the first film.
The Ages of the Original Cast Members of Top Gun
“Top Gun” was one of Cruise’s first major main roles as a Hollywood actor. At the time, he was barely 23 years old. ‘Mission Impossible’ and ‘Jerry McGuire’, both of which were released in the late 1980s and early 1990s, made him one of the most sought-after actors of the time.
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Kelly McGillis, who played the romantic lead character Charlotte, was 27 years old at the time. There were numerous headlines when it was announced that she would not feature in the second film because she is 64 years old compared to Cruise, 59, whose co-stars are typically younger than him, such Jennifer Connelly who is 51 years old.
When he portrayed Lt. Tom Kazanski (aka Iceman) and Anthony Edwards (Maverick’s best friend Goose), Val Kilmer was 27 and 24 years old, respectively, at the time of filming. A final note: when she was 24 years old and making her directorial debut, Meg Ryan played Goose’s wife.