Top Gun/Trivia

Everything About Fiction You Never Wanted to Know.

  • Backed by the Pentagon
  • Development Hell: The sequel. It was set to be released in 2014, but Tony Scott's untimely death caused production to be on hold.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Goose's wife is Meg Ryan.
  • Life Imitates Art: The F-5s "playing" the part of MiG-28s in flat black paint jobs were planes from the actual seminar. They kept the paint job after filming was done.
  • The Red Stapler: Jackets and Ray-Bans experienced a peak in sales, and the Navy started putting recruitment booths in the theaters showing the film as enlistments saw a 500% bump.
  • Star-Making Role: Tom Cruise. Also Val Kilmer.
  • Throw It In: Iceman biting his gum and snapping his jaw at the end of the locker room scene was not scripted. Val Kilmer just did it, effectively getting the final word over Cruise.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The top box office gross of the year, two huge hit songs, and capturing just about everything that was special about the decade, Top Gun practically is 1986.
  • What Could Have Been: Bryan Adams was approached to use his song, "Only the Strong Survive," but he refused since he felt that the film glorified war.