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Miles Teller On Playing Goose’s Son in Top Gun: Maverick, The Film Using Practical Effects Over CGI

December 1, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Top Gun: Maverick Miles Teller

Miles Teller is set to play the sun of Goose in Top Gun: Maverick when it finally arrives next year, and discussed how important the role to him was and more in a new interview with Men’s Journal. Teller co-stars with Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Ed Harris, and Val Kilmer in the film, which opens on July 2nd, 2021. The highlights are below:

On the importance of the role for him: “Playing Goose’s kid and getting to continue that storyline that was established in such a powerful way all those years ago, there is a lot of history there. I think when audience realizes the character I play is that tiny kid they saw in the original, it is going to hit. I was able to see it a couple weeks ago. The movie just blew me away, and my wife said, ‘That might be the best film I have ever seen.’ She was crying multiple times.”

On the film using practical effects over CGI: “I don’t think it would be possible to recreate what we did with all of the practical flying. You hope to be part of something that lasts forever. I think that we might have done that. It is fun, entertaining, emotional, and high-octane. There is a lot of heart in the story, and I can’t wait for people to see it. For fans of the original, I think they are going to be grinning from ear-to-ear the whole time. This is going to give them what they want.”

On having to pass the Naval Aviation Survival Training course to prepare for the role: “They drag you across the water, they flip you on your bag, they want to see you able to get out of your harness and much more. That all leads up to the big test they put you through, which is called “The Dunker,” where they put you into a modified helicopter, strap you to a chair, and then submerge this tank underwater. They blindfold you. Give you a chance to grab your last breath and then they take you down under the surface. Once you are under, they start to flip the tank and you have to prove you can go through the right operations to get out, as calmly as possible. Your partner is in there with you, and together you have to break open the hatch. It feels like some sort of torture chamber to a degree.”