‘Top Gun: Maverick’ star Glen Powell virtually wasn’t forged: ‘I took it very personally’


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Glen Powell practically did not make the minimize for “Top Gun: Maverick.”

Powell, 33, shared with The Hollywood Reporter that, in July 2018, he received a cellphone name informing him he didn’t get the position within the movie for which he had spent weeks auditioning. 

“This one I just took very personally and was just plain sad,” he advised the outlet.

Powell, finest recognized for his position in “Scream Queens,” initially auditioned for the position of Rooster, the on-screen son of Goose who was Lt. Maverick’s companion. That position went to Miles Teller.


Glen Powell attends the

Glen Powell attends the “Top Gun: Maverick” Royal Movie Efficiency at Leicester Sq. Could 19, 2022, in London.
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Powell shared that he spent a number of weeks making ready for his audition and even traveled to Coronado’s North Island navy base to “live in that world for a couple weeks.” 

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Per week after Powell received the devastating cellphone name, the movie’s lead, Tom Cruise, gave him a hoop. 

“No movie star calls the guy that doesn’t get the role,” Powell stated. “Movie stars typically want the glory without the nitty-gritty of having to break people’s hearts.”

Powell stated he was reluctant to tackle a smaller position within the movie. After a number of cellphone calls with Cruise, although, Powell accepted the position of Hangman, a task much like Val Kilmer’s Iceman within the unique “Top Gun.”

Glen Powell shared that he almost didn't get a role in

Glen Powell shared that he virtually did not get a task in “Top Gun: Maverick.” After a number of calls with Tom Cruise he determined to take a smaller position.
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“You could spend an entire career playing great roles in movies that leave no mark on people,” he shared with the outlet. “To be a part of great movies, to even just have a smaller part, is a much more worthy quest.”

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Powell has been within the movie trade for a decade. He shared with the outlet a particular reminiscence when auditioning for Denzel Washington’s “The Great Debaters” at 17.

“I got a call from [Washington] right afterward saying, ‘Hey, I really want you for this bigger role, [but] some of the other producers don’t believe you can pull it off. So I’m going to invite you to the table read, and I just need you to come ready to play,’” Powell shared. “I kind of misinterpreted that.”

The 17-year-old arrived to the desk learn, which hosted Oprah Winfrey, in a full tuxedo as a result of he thought that will show he got here “ready to play.” He finally received the position. 

Glen Powell, Jennifer Connelly, Tom Cruise and Jerry Bruckheimer attend the screening of

Glen Powell, Jennifer Connelly, Tom Cruise and Jerry Bruckheimer attend the screening of “Top Gun: Maverick” on the Cannes Movie Pageant.
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“Top Gun: Maverick” stars Cruise, Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Val Kilmer and Monica Barbaro. 

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The movie has been extremely anticipated by followers because it was postponed for 2 years because of the coronavirus pandemic. The sequel movie hits theaters worldwide Friday.


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