Sequel Movie Top Gun's Goose Actor Praises Maverick

Top Gun's LTJG Nick “Goose” Bradshaw himself, Anthony Edwards, says Top Gun: Maverick "does exactly" what the original did, "only more so." Top Gun’s Goose actor, Anthony Edwards, has high praise for sequel movie Top Gun: Maverick. Edwards appeared as Nick “Goose” Bradshaw alongside Tom Cruise’s Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in Tony Scott’s original Top Gun, which saw the pair train at the US Navy’s Fighter Weapons School at the Naval Air Station in San Diego, California, aka TOPGUN. Bradshaw’s character tragically dies halfway through the original film during an exercise, leaving Maverick to sing “Great Balls of Fire” alone and fly without his wingman. After spending nearly a decade in development and facing five COVID-19-related delays, Joseph Kosinski’s follow-up to Scott’s classic arrived in theaters last month. Top Gun: Maverick picks up with its eponymous aviator 36 years after the events of the original film. Due to his perpetual "need for speed," the now-older Maverick Mitchell has dodged promotions to avoid being grounded. After spectacularly destroying a prototype plane at the beginning of the film, Maverick is sent back to TOPGUN at the behest of his old rival-turned-friend, Admiral Tom “Iceman” Kazansky (Val Kilmer). There, he must train a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a dangerous mission in enemy territory. This detachment includes the son of his late wingman in Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw (Miles Teller).

Edwards says, a lot of work certainly did go into making Top Gun: Maverick. In addition to the time the film spent in developmental purgatory, and a revolving door of creatives, Cruise developed an intense training program for his younger co-stars and crew, teaching them to handle the G-force of the F/A-18 planes and work their cameras in the cockpit. Maverick features practical aviation stuntwork, with the crew building brand new cameras to capture the sequel's impressive flight sequences. As well as its spectacular aerial scenes, Top Gun: Maverick has also been universally praised as an emotionally resonant story, thanks largely to the way in which it addresses the original movie's enduring legacy.

From Rooster’s rival in Jake "Hangman" Seresin (Glen Powell), a recreation of the original Top Gun's iconic bar and beach scenes, to an emotional reunion between Cruise and Kilmer, as Edwards points out, Maverick pays homage to its predecessor in many ways. However, its overall narrative also contains a satisfying arc for both the late Goose and his son, Rooster, as the latter goes from deeply resenting Maverick to saving his life. And while the now-59-year-old Edwards doesn’t appear in the film, he is shown in photographs and flashbacks, making Goose's death even more impactful and never letting the Top Gun: Maverick audience forget his beloved character.


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