A Top Gun: Maverick producer has revealed Tom Cruise put his young co-stars through a "gruelling" training programme.
Speaking recently about the long-awaited sequel, Jerry Bruckheimer recalled the tough three months the actors spent in flight and survival training, noting that the programme was designed by Maverick himself.
"He put the actors through this gruelling process over three months so they could take the G-forces when we put them in the F/A-18s," Bruckheimer told Yahoo!.
"It was really a tough slog for these young actors because they also had to go through water survival training, where they are blindfolded and put in a water tank that’s turned upside down and they have to figure out how to get out."
"And Tom went through all the same stuff! They told me he went through that training just like a 22-year-old would — that's how good he is."
Top Gun: Maverick follows Captain Peter 'Maverick' Mitchell (Cruise) as he becomes a mentor to Goose's son, Bradley 'Rooster' Bradshaw (Miles Teller).
With Ice Man Val Kilmer also returning, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Manny Jacinto, Glen Powell and Jon Hamm round out the cast.
The movie was due for release in June, after previously been delayed by a whole year.
It follows the film having to get the Navy's permission for its "most extreme" stunt.
Top Gun: Maverick will open in cinemas on December 23.
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