Growing up, young Tom Cruise dreamt of becoming either a pilot or an actor and in his latest film, 'Top Gun: Maverick', the long-awaited sequel to the 1986 action drama, the Hollywood star gets to do both as Navy pilot Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell.
Tom Cruise says landing the role of Navy pilot Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell in 'Top Gun' was "life-changing".
The 59-year-old Hollywood star had always dreamt of being either a pilot or an actor growing up, and when he could combine both careers in one film, it was a big thrill for him.
He told HELLO! magazine: "All I ever wanted to be was a pilot or an actor, so 'Top Gun' was a huge moment in so many respects, including my passion for aviation."
It was life-changing for me.
"I got to actually fly in an F-14 jet which was a dream come true, and play a character I loved in Maverick."
"For me, it's incredible as I grew up wanting to make movies and be an aviator.I remember at four years old I would sit there and look at my wall with
P-51 and Spitfire on it."
For the latest movie in the blockbuster series, 'Top Gun: Maverick', Tom got to do more plane stunts than ever before.
He said: "The P-51 Mustang you see in the movie is actually my plane, so I got to pilot in those sequences."
I also got to be in the jet fighter a lot more this time, which was thrilling.
"It was something I had been working up to."
The sequel to the 1986 action-drama comes with an epic soundtrack by Oscar winner Lady Gaga in 'Hold My Hand'.
On how the pop megastar came to record the song, Tom said: "I had seen one of Lady Gaga's shows in Las Vegas and been amazed, so I called her to ask if she could help us.
"She sent the song over and it was perfect.
"It really is the heartbeat of the score."