Top Gun: Maverick Star Calls Tom Cruise An ‘Amazing’ Mentor, But Not Someone You Want To Race

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Jay Ellis, one of the franchise’s new additions, recently spoke with Collider’s Perri Nemiroff, who asked him about his upcoming projects and picked his brain about the highly anticipated Top Gun sequel.

Adding humor to the interview was Jay Ellis’s anecdote about Tom Cruise being a fast runner — after Ellis was asked if he raced Cruise on set. It’s a fun little glimpse into how people perceive 57-year-old Cruise’s astonishing athleticism. The Tom Cruise run is famous, after all.

Jay Ellis also revealed a teeny-tiny bit about his character, saying:

It’s an understandable response. The movie doesn’t come out until next year so anything he says now will absolutely impact publicity going forward. And given how big this film will be, it is in Paramount’s best interests to keep things relatively quiet until the film is closer to release. Still, this is harmless, amusing information that just strengthens the notion that Tom Cruise is a great dude.

We don’t yet know quite what to expect from Top Gun: Maverick, other than the facts that Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer are returning and that the film will use brand-new technology (presumably for its aerial scenes).

Could you beat Tom Cruise in a race? Would you even want to try? Sound off the comments below and make sure you acquaint yourself with what’s scheduled for release in 2019. There are some incredible-looking films on the horizon so start planning movie dates now!

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