‘Top Gun: Maverick’ star Danny Ramirez talks Tom Cruise as a ‘mentor’ and the film’s ‘unique’ training

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“Prime Gun: Maverick” star Danny Ramirez is detailing what it was like working with Tom Cruise and reflecting on the “unique” schooling that he went through in purchase to get ready for his purpose as Lieutenant Mickey “Fanboy” Garcia. 

“It has been 1 of the most amazing activities,” Ramirez advised Fox News Digital. “It feels like we went to get our master’s degree and our doctorates.”

Ramirez highlighted the impact Cruise has on moviegoers and how he is parlayed that into a “mentor” part to the actors he will work together with of. 

“I believe this is why his videos are so effectively received,” Ramirez mentioned. “He has the viewers in head. It is a obligation that like folks are offering two hours of their time. And each and every yr he has a film that hundreds of thousands of people today go to watch. And so that accountability of the sheer volume of hours that men and women are providing to be getting on this journey, he handed that down and then considering the fact that then has been a mentor.”


"Top Gun: Maverick" star Danny Ramirez is detailing what it was like working with Tom Cruise. 

“Top rated Gun: Maverick” star Danny Ramirez is detailing what it was like performing with Tom Cruise. 
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Of Cruise guiding Ramirez, the actor explained: “Anytime I have had a project that I’m creating, he offers me notes and like he replies a lot quicker than Jay [Ellis] or Glen [Powell] do.

“His notes arrive in like an hour later, he is like, ‘Read the complete thing. Enjoy this. Really, I feel about this in this way, but hey, up to you.’ And so, these notes are a must have for the reason that he basically, he just wants us all to develop into the ideal storytellers we can.” 

“With Tom, the whole time that door was open and his entire prosperity of expertise, he was just offering it away.”

— Danny Ramirez on filming with Tom Cruise

Ramirez also mentioned that Cruise has an open up-doorway coverage when it arrives to communication between the solid. 

“With Tom, the total time that doorway was open up and his overall wealth of knowledge, he was just offering it away,” Ramirez shared. “He is like, ‘Take it each and every dilemma you have.’ The enhancing area was open on times that I was not taking pictures. I’d go and shadow Claudio Miranda, who was an Oscar award-profitable cinematographer, hovering powering [director] Joe [Kosinski] to see how he will make his choices. The total established was just like, ‘It’s a aspiration come correct for any person that would like to keep on to develop into elite in storytelling, in performing.'”


As for his instruction? Ramirez, who ended up piloting an F-18 in the movie, observed that it was “extremely special.”

“Yeah, it was. Extremely one of a kind. It is something that I did not even, when I signed up to do the venture, I did not know we have been heading to go as a result of it,” Ramirez explained. “I was afraid of the flying in the commencing. So then via it, it was just this incremental, I’d say significantly less stringent and additional [that] absolutely everyone just realized [it] was to their greatest interests to go on this and like and give it their all.

Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Jay Ellis, Danny Ramirez and Tom Cruise attend the Royal Film Performance and UK Premiere of "Top Gun: Maverick" at Leicester Square on May 19, 2022 in London, England. 

Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Jay Ellis, Danny Ramirez and Tom Cruise go to the Royal Movie Functionality and British isles Premiere of “Prime Gun: Maverick” at Leicester Sq. on May possibly 19, 2022 in London, England. 
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“I imagine on the lookout above to the right and to the remaining of you other forged mates that were offering it their all … And Tom now realized what was needed for the reason that throughout the initially just one they tried using to get some footage in the jets, but they did not have any schooling. 

“So, all the footage they got was of actors handed out in the back again seat or had puked in all places. And so, he knew what we wanted. And even even though we did puke, we also ended up equipped to like to compose ourselves and then continue filming due to the fact it was to our stories,” additional Ramirez. 

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In addition to the one-of-a-kind schooling he been given, Ramirez also admitted he had to get earlier his dread of flying. 

“I just wanted two glasses of wine, my Bose headphones, and just to fail to remember that I was there,” Ramirez stated of getting over his panic. 

Danny Ramirez and Tom Cruise chatting as they arrive for the screening of the film "Top Gun : Maverick" during the 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 18, 2022.

Danny Ramirez and Tom Cruise chatting as they get there for the screening of the film “Major Gun : Maverick” during the 75th version of the Cannes Movie Pageant in Cannes, southern France, on Could 18, 2022.
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Of one particular traveling scene, Ramirez recalled Cruise telling the forged they ended up “so very good at tolerating G’s that we now need to have to set a minor bit a lot more umph in our encounter and experience as although we are struggling additional.”

“He is like, ‘You men are way too relaxed up there now,’ and we are like, ‘We pulled 7 G’s like the full flight,'” recalled Ramirez. “And it was like this weird factor that our bodies, for the reason that of how fantastic the education was, adapted so properly that the Best Gun pilots were impressed. And then Tom was like, ‘Turn it up a notch.'”

With “Top Gun: Maverick” turning into the top rated-billing movie of Cruise’s career, Ramirez touched on the probability of another motion picture. 

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“I mean, who is to say? We will see what occurs,” Ramirez explained. “We will see what Paramount claims. I am not in opposition to it. I am certain the people are not from it. But it took a lengthy time to make sure that the tale was all set to be explained to the suitable way. And I believe you will see, like not just producing a sequel for the sake of it, proper? 

“But if there is a put to push the restrict, I am positive Tom will uncover it. And simply because that is the correct way to go about this is if there is a location to go previously mentioned it.”

Kenneth Proto

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