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Tom Cruise Pranked 'Top Gun: Maverick' Costar Glen Powell by Pretending Their Helicopter Was Crashing

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May 29 2024, Published 11:06 a.m. ET

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According to Glen Powell, Tom Cruise was equal parts mischievous and strict while filming Top Gun: Maverick.

In a new interview, the Scream Queens alum talked about his experience working with the movie icon, revealing he once pranked Powell by pretending their helicopter was about to crash.

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'Top Gun: Maverick' released in 2022.

"Tom goes ‘oh no, oh no,’ and he starts dropping the helicopter over London," the Anyone But You Lead, 35, recalled of the father-of-three, 61, piloting. "I was like, ‘Am I about to be the unnamed guy that dies with Tom in a smoking hole in the middle of London?’"

Cruise also subjected his costar to endless studying, having Powell sit in a movie theater alone to watch a 6-hour "film school" production he put together.

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Costars Glen Powell and Tom Cruise became fast friends.

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"He said, ‘This is just for my friends,'” Powell revealed of what the Mission: Impossible star told him.

In the project, "[Cruise] is like: ‘Do we all agree that this is what a camera is? This is the difference between a film camera and a digital camera…’ The funniest part is on flying. It was like he put together this entire flight school. So he would literally go ‘OK, this is what a plane is. Here’s how things fly. Here’s how air pressure works.’"

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Cruise was also a producer on the movie.

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Powell was more than appreciative to receive the star's advice.

"The one thing I feel we’re kindred spirits in is he’s obsessed with movies," shared Powell. "That was our love language on set. I got to watch a guy who knew every department. He was able to clearly interface with everyone, and be so friendly and respectful and be able to communicate that vision."

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Powell is currently single.

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Powell was so inspired by Cruise's talents that he obtained his helicopter piloting license in 2021 — however, he wouldn't consider himself a pro at flying.

"I thought I could be Tom Cruise. He has a helicopter and he’s flying actual jets. If I have to pop over to New York or Texas, in this SR-22, it’ll take me forever," the Hit Man star confessed.

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Top Gun: Maverick, which hit theaters in 2022, went on to be a smash hit at the box office, grossing nearly $1.5 billion worldwide. While Powell is obviously enjoying his success, he still feels he has more to achieve.

"I’ve got a bingo board of roles I want to play. Twister was on there. Top Gun was on there," he stated.

British GQ spoke to Powell.

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