Before Rejecting Top Gun: Maverick, Kelly Mcgillis Was Almost Turned Down By Director For Looking Like Tom Cruise’S Mother

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Producer David Paul Kirkpatrick walked off the chemistry meeting claiming that Kelly McGillis wasn’t fit for her role in Top Gun as she looked way older than Cruise

The legendary Kelly McGillis, who glowed onscreen as Maverick’s love interest in the 1986 action hit Top Gun, made headlines for her frank explanation of why she was left out of the much anticipated sequel, Top Gun: Maverick. With a daring statement, Kelly McGillis sparked controversy in the entertainment sector. The action was either bold or a squandered chance for the movie.

Skepticism about Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis’s Chemistry

With its nail-biting aerial dogfights and sizzling on-screen romance between Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis, the 1986 film Top Gun was an instant blockbuster. However, there were concerns about their compatibility in the background. The industry was worried, according to producer David Paul Kirkpatrick, because McGillis, who stood at 5’11”, appeared too motherly and mature in comparison to Tom Cruise’s youthful Maverick, who stood at 5’7″.

Kirkpatrick admits in a Medium post that after meeting Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis for the first time, he was originally dubious about their chemistry. He said plainly, “She looks like his mother.”

“Kelly McGillis was much too tall for Tom Cruise. She was 5’11”. He was 5’7″. Besides, she was 27 and he was 24 and the difference was palpable. After I saw them together for a “chemistry meeting” on the Paramount lot, I walked away conclusively uttering, ‘“She looks like his mother.”’ However, their undeniable onscreen chemistry ultimately silenced any doubts about their suitability as co-stars.

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Kelly McGillis Would Much Rather Feel Secure In Her Own Skin

After years of waiting, Top Gun: Maverick was finally announced, and fans were thrilled to see their favorite characters back on screen. However, some were confused by the absence of Kelly McGillis. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, McGillis was frank about why she wasn’t part of the sequel.

“I’m old, and I’m fat, and I look age-appropriate for what my age is. That is not what that whole scene is about. But I’d much rather feel absolutely secure in my skin and who and what I am at my age as opposed to placing a value on all that other stuff.”

In Top Gun: Maverick, Kelly McGillis turned down the part of Maverick’s love interest. Jennifer Connelly, who portrayed Penny Benjamin, was granted the part. Penny and Maverick have a history.

The 2022 release of Top Gun: Maverick was a huge hit. As the highest-grossing domestic film for Paramount, it outperformed Titanic during the movie season. Kelly McGillis’ life has changed significantly since her time in Hollywood. Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, a rare genetic condition that damages the lungs and liver, was identified as McGillis’s ailment in 2014. Since that time, she has put her family and her health before the flash and glamour of Hollywood.

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