Tom Cruise had some key advice for Glen Powell when it came to his performance in Top Gun: Maverick — be an idiot.
Powell, who played arrogant Navy pilot Jake “Hangman” Seresin in the film, revealed his co-star gave him the advice he needed to stop worrying about being liked.
“Sometimes you fall into the trap of wanting to be liked in front of the camera. And in a movie like this, where you know there’s going to be a lot of eyes on it, you don’t want to be Draco Malfoy,” Powell, 34, told Kate Hudson, 43, during Variety’s Actors on Actors series.
“But Tom gave me this advice: ‘For the ending to work, you have to really commit to it. Everyone else in the film questions their own abilities. You’re the only one who doesn’t question that. So if anything you say contains some sort of apology, the movie won’t work. Lean into the douchebaggery of it all,” he shared.
Powell joked that he appears to have been typecast as an idiot.
“I keep getting cast as an idiot. Even what I did with [Oliver Hudson, Kate’s brother] in ‘Scream Queens’ where I’m a super jerk,” he joked.
The Hidden Figures actor – who originally auditioned for the role of Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw, played by Miles Teller – admitted Cruise, 60, encouraged him to take on another Navy aviation film this year.
In addition to Top Gun, Powell recently starred in Devotion, a film based on the true story of Jesse Leroy Brown (Jonathan Majors), the Navy’s first black aviator.
“When I missed out on the Rooster role, the conversation with Tom was, ‘Hey, I didn’t get that role, but I actually have a naval aviation film that I’m developing. Maybe I’ll do just that,'” the actor recalled. “And he convinced me that there was room for two. And I’m really happy because everything I learned on ‘Top Gun’ was able to flow into ‘Devotion’.”
But it wasn’t just advice that legendary actor Powell gave while filming the blockbuster sequel Top Gun.
In 2020, Cruise gifted his co-star with flying lessons to get his pilot’s license, for which Powell publicly thanked him on Instagram after his first solo flight.
“Tom bought me an iPad for Christmas with my flight school downloaded and prepaid. And yesterday, after months of flying, learning and testing…I’m the one,” he wrote at the time.
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