The Hollywood star, who played Lt. Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell, really wanted the man who played his on-screen rival, Lt. Tom ‘Iceman’ Kazansky, to return for the sequel.
“I really worked really hard to get him to do the movie,” the ‘Vanilla Sky’ star told Entertainment Tonight of the ‘Batman Forever’ actor, reports aceshowbiz.com. Tom, 59, praised the “talent” of Kilmer, 62, and how they made a very “special” scene together. He said, “The kind of talent that he has, and you see that scene, it’s very special, it’s very special,” he went on to talk about a powerful scene in the movie.
In 2021, ‘Maverick’ producer Jerry Bruckheimer echoed the sentiment, saying that Tom “really wanted” Val to join the film. He said, “We have to have Val, we have to have him back. We have to have him in the movie.”
“And he was the driving force. We all loved him, but Tom was very adamant that if he was going to do another ‘Top Gun,’ Val had to be in it,” added Jerry. “He’s a great actor and a great person. We had a great time in the first one and wanted to get some of the gang back together again.”
Jerry also called their return on set “very emotional” for the couple and the production. He said: “It was a really emotional experience for all of us. It took a long time to get there, but we did it.”
‘Top Gun: Maverick’ will hit theaters on May 27 after making the rounds at the Cannes Film Festival.