Maverick Sailboat Scene >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News


As Scuttlebutt’s HQ is located in San Diego, California, it’s actually a military town that turned out to be a good backdrop for the filming of the 1986 movie Top Gun. premises were not limited to naval bases for this. film, which is also the case of the sequel Top Gun: Maverick which will be released on May 27, 2022.

However, when they sought out San Diego Bay to film an action scene, no one told them about the light winds in the area. “We filmed this sequence twice. We shot it the first time in San Diego, and it was very beautiful, ”describes actress Jennifer Connelly. “We had some great photos and there were even dolphins swimming alongside us. But Tom (Cruise) said: “No, it’s not fast enough”.

For the second attempt, someone did their research and they went to San Francisco where Connelly and Cruise have a real taste of high wind sailing on a J/125.

“It was a very entertaining environment,” Connelly said. “It was incredibly windy, with big waves. The boat was at an impossible angle, it was moving so fast, and we had to play the scene at the same time. I was so paranoid that I was going to overlook something with all these distractions. I found myself standing on the coffee table in my living room, practicing with my children to spray water on me and blow on me while I did my lines.

Connelly shared the story on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and while Cruise is known for doing his own movie stunts, Connelly was quite happy to have taken on the role of a sailor. “I love it, it was awesome, it was amazing,” she said of the experience. “I was taking classes to prepare for the role, starting in New York Harbor. Kind of like learning to drive on the highway.


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