Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton relinquishes the role of “Top Gun: Maverick”

Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has revealed that he had to turn down the role of a fighter pilot in the Tom Cruise movie “Top Gun: Maverick,” directed by Joseph Kosinski.

in Interview with Vanity Fair, Hamilton, a friend of Cruise, says he saw “Top Gun” as a child and was focused on being a fighter pilot. So when I heard the second come out, I was like, ‘Oh my God, I have to ask him [Cruise]’,” Hamilton told Vanity Fair. I said, ‘I don’t care what the role is. I’ll even sweep something up, and be cleaner in the back. In this case, Cruise agreed that the role was not that of a cleaner pilot but rather a fighter pilot.

However, the film schedule collided with the end of the Formula 1 season and Hamilton was unable to take the role. He told Cruz and Kosinski, calling the conversation “the most annoying call I think I’ve ever received.”

Hamilton will get another shot on the silver screen in the form of the as yet untitled Formula 1 movie featuring Brad Pitt and directed by Kosinski, where he was one of the producers. In the project, which is at Apple, Pete plays a driver who came out of retirement to compete alongside a rookie driver and the sport’s giants.

Hamilton arranged for Pete to tour the factories in the UK where this year’s Mercedes Formula 1 car was built. Hamilton also served as a script consultant, telling Vanity Fair: “You hear the BA that’s in the script because the Americans who write it are just used to Formula 1.”

The champion driver also expresses his gratitude to George Lucas, who elevated Hamilton to ‘champion’ status after a rare surprise hit in Abu Dhabi in 2021. “It’s one of the greatest compliments you can receive,” Hamilton said. “It’s so surreal growing up watching ‘Star Wars’ and having Yoda’s dad say positive things about you.”


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