Joseph Kosinski explains the method behind that mad Top Gun: Maverick stunt

Barely caught your breath after the aerial acrobatics of Top Gun: Maverick? Spare a thought for director Joseph Kosinski who had to wrangle the daredevil star Tom Cruise, a man notorious for putting himself in the line of fire.

In a recent interview, Kosinski discussed one of the film's pivotal, breathless sequences. In it, we see Tom Cruise as Maverick flying dangerously close to the ground, only to defy the odds once again and emerge as the best of the best. The director says that owing to the remarkable practicalities and technical difficulties of the sequence, it's likely to remain a one-off.

"There's a sequence in the middle of the film where Maverick runs the low level course by himself," Kosinski recalls of the Top Gun: Maverick stunt. "For that sequence, we got special permission from the Navy to fly under 50 ft at about 600 miles per hour. So that's one of those things that I don't think will ever be done again."

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