- “Top Gun: Maverick” star Glen Powell said Tom Cruise hosted his first skydiving experience.
- He said on “The Tonight Show” that the jump was nearly fatal when he couldn’t find his parachute tab.
- Powell’s first thought was that Cruise would feel bad for making him jump to his death.
Glen Power said he thought of Tom Cruise during a near-death skydiving.
During an appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” Wednesday, Powell remembered the first time he went skydiving after being persuaded by Cruise. He told Fallon that while they were reshooting the “Top Gun” sequel in the UK, Cruise Powell offered the use of his skydive team to allow him to participate in the activity.
“It was actually my second date with your girlfriend,” Powell said. “And when I got there, I found out that Tom’s only request is that Glen can’t skydive with anyone else. He has to go solo the first time. So I literally have to jump out of this plane by myself.”
Powell said things almost got worse when he couldn’t find the tab to open his parachute.
“But the worst part is that I couldn’t find my tab when I fell,” said the 34-year-old actor. “It’s the nightmare everyone talks about. But my first thought – which isn’t a selfless thought – but my first thought was, ‘Oh, Tom just killed me. He’s going to feel so bad.'”
Powell continued, “I was like ‘God, he pushed me to do this.’ I look for the tab and I’m like, “You’re not Tom Cruise. You’ll never be Tom Cruise. Why did you do this?” And then I finally pulled it. I was well below altitude, came in hot. Made it, went back up, did it again.”
Powell appeared on “The Tonight Show” to promote his upcoming movie “Devotion”, which also focuses on American pilots.
Earlier this week, Powell told The Hollywood Reporter that he was first offered “Devotion”, but Cruise persuaded him to do both films after landing the part for the sequel to “Top Gun”.
“I said, ‘Hey, Tom, I already have a naval aviation movie that’s very close to my heart,'” Powell recalled. “And Tom said, ‘There’s room for two. You can do ‘Top Gun’, you can do ‘Devotion’. You don’t have to choose.”
The “Scream Queens” actor continued: “The fact that Tom gave me the freedom to make both, Black Label and Sony gave me the freedom to make both – I feel like these are two films that are no longer apart. may vary. but truly complements the love of aviation and the legacy of our men and women in uniform.”
“Devotion” will be in theaters from November 23.