Tom Cruise Finally Beats Clint Eastwood As Real-Life Astronaut Rips 4-Time Oscar Winner’S Space Movie Into Shreds While Applauding Top Gun 2


Tom Cruise’s aerospace movie got the thumbs up Astronaut Chris Hadfield, while he criticized Clint Eastwood’s Space Cowboys for lack of scientific accuracy.

Tom Cruise’s sustained success in the field was already foreseen by Clint Eastwood, who predicted that Cruise would outlive all other performers by at least a century. One person, nevertheless, seems to think that Tom Cruise, with his film Top Gun: Maverick, exceeded the legend himself. Chris Hadfield, an astronaut, lauded Cruise and berated Clint Eastwood while reviewing some aerospace movies for Vanity Fair.

Space Cowboys, directed by Clint Eastwood, is a 2000 adventure drama movie with a focus on the word “adventure.” But in his effort to create a space movie with his signature Western flair, the Unforgiven actor fell short in terms of scientific correctness.

Space Cowboys Was One Of The Least Favorites For This Real-Life Astronaut

In addition to the Tom Cruise and Clint Eastwood films, Chris Hadfield examined a variety other aerospace films and television shows, including as Star Wars, For All Mankind, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Hadfield’s assessment of Space Cowboys’ level of scientific accuracy was clear. Four former test pilots who were being prepared for a space trip were the subject of the movie.

First of all, Hadfield objected to the movie’s concept, which showed elderly people being utilized for a space trip after only a few weeks of preparation. Hadfield drew on his own experience when he said that despite being an astronaut for 21 years, he had only spent six months in space. In a real-world scenario, astronauts start training in their prime years and train for years before they fly into space.

The former fighter pilot particularly deconstructed a flawed centrifuge training scene in the film, which, in a real-life scenario, would have been fatal to those involved. Further, Hadfield also called out the adventure aspect of the film, stating that while he acknowledged its entertainment value, astronauts like him were not thrill seekers in real life. Hadfield told Vanity Fair:

“You have to have gotten the university degrees,​​​​​​​ had all that thousands of hours of flying, and practiced and simulated and learned,​​​​​​​ so that you can go do something with an airplane nobody ever did before. But we are not thrill seekers.​​​​​​​ We’re not adrenaline junkies.​​​​​​​ We are definitely not cowboys.​​​​​​​ You need careful and thoughtful and well-trained and disciplined and teamwork-oriented people.​​​​​​​ Otherwise, you’re all gonna die,​​​​​​​ but you know, it’s Space Cowboy, so, saddle up, let’s ride this bronco.”


However, the same was not Hadfield’s experience with the Tom Cruise film. The director was pleased with some of the creative choices in the film.

The Former Astronaut Praised Tom Cruise For His Attention To Detail

When Chris Hadfield confessed his affection for Top Gun: Maverick, Clint Eastwood’s 4-0 lead over Tom Cruise at the Oscars collapsed. The actor who played Jerry Maguire succeeded Clint Eastwood as Hollywood’s current leading man in the manly action genre. But Cruise went beyond merely giving his viewers a thrill; instead, he decided to become personally invested in the film.

The Mission: Impossible actor added little details from his experience as a pilot into the Top Gun sequel. Hadfield appreciated these details in the movie, which may be irrelevant to the plot but still carried authenticity. Hadfield cited the scene where Cruise says the line, “I have information, Alpha”, during takeoff. This realistic touch delighted Hadfield as the former astronaut shared with Vanity Fair:

“I love this movie. I do not know of a better pilot flying movie that has ever been made. Kudos to the people that made this film, and especially to Tom Cruise. […] There’s a delightful little touch that Tom Cruise stuck in here. When as he’s taxiing out to takeoff, he says, “I have information Alpha.” […] It didn’t need to be in the movie, but it’s real. And, and I just love that it’s in there.”

Clearly, in the aerospace movie category, Tom Cruise emerges as the winner, according to Chris Hadfield. The film became the Jack Reacher actor’s highest-grossing film, raking in $1.496 billion at the box office. However, the Clint Eastwood film was also a box office success, grossing $128.9 million against a budget of $60-$65 million.
Top Gun: Maverick is now available for streaming on Paramount+, while Space Cowboys is now available for rent on AppleTV+.