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The Maverick Director Of Top Gun Reveals A Deep-Cut Original Movie Easter Egg

Director Joseph Kosinski of Top Gun: Maverick reveals a deep-cut Easter egg from the original film that long-time fans of the franchise will appreciate

In Top Gun: Maverick, Cruise reprises his most famous role as Pete "Maverick" Mitchell. Despite his excellent flying abilities, the fighter pilot is nonetheless a Navy commander in the sequel. He is summoned back to TOPGUN in Top Gun: Maverick to train an elite unit for a perilous mission. Bradley "Rooster" Bradshaw (Miles Teller), the son of his former RIO (Radar Intercept Officer), Nick "Goose" Bradshaw, is among those in the group. Top Gun: Maverick is shaping up to be a huge box office success for Cruise and Paramount. Given the fantastic reviews for Top Gun: Maverick, this makes sense. The picture, on the other hand, has a nostalgic component, which Kosinski played on with several callbacks and references.

One specific Easter egg is prepared for long-time Top Gun aficionados. Kosinski discloses a specific sentence in Top Gun: Maverick that is almost identically reproduced from the original film in a new interview with Games Radar's Inside Total Film podcast. Furthermore, although not being completely precise, they attempted to emulate Maverick's F/A-14 maneuvers soon after.

"There's a moment where Maverick in this film says, 'Too close for missiles, switching to guns,' which is almost an exact copy from the first film. We cut to an insert of Maverick switching the switch on the thumbstick from missiles to guns – which is totally fictional. That's not how the F/A-14 is set up."

"So we actually copied the insert from the original movie to the point that we even put a very visible sticker on the stick that says missiles and guns, which is very 'movie. 'But we actually copied it anyway to make it look fake, like the first movie. So that was a very insidery, very quick Easter egg for the hardcore Top Gun fans."

The nice thing about Top Gun: Maverick is that Kosinski managed to strike a delicate balance between fan service and narrative progression. Unlike other sequels, it unabashedly embraced Top Gun and its history with a slew of references – some blatant, others not so much, such as this one. However, each is done with taste and in a way that organically merges into the plot. Given the critical and economic success of Top Gun: Maverick, it's tough to see Paramount not making Top Gun 3 right now.

Source: Games Radar

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