So here’s something to make you feel really old… today marks the 30th Anniversary of Top Gun. Yes, it’s been 30 years since Anthony Edwards, Tim Robbins, Meg Ryan and Tom Cruise soared into our hearts, and we loved digging deep into the history of the film with these 30 lesser known facts about the 1986 blockbuster. Our favorites were:
- In order to keep their onscreen rivalry alive, either Cruise would join the group of partying cast mates or Kilmer would. But the two never hung out together.
- Kilmer ad-libbed the moment when he coughed the line “bulls**t” in the hangar scene.
- The Navy reported a 500% increase in applicants to its aviation program after the film came out, according to the 2004 book “Operation Hollywood: How the Pentagon Shapes and Censors the Movies.”
- The famous love scene was shot after filming wrapped. Yes, there was no love scene in the script!
- The look of the actors in the pilot program was inspired by Bruce Weber photography.
Even all these years later rumors still swirl around the possibility of a sequel, so if you haven’t seen the original now’s your chance to bask in all its glory!
Watch Top Gun now on DIRECTV CINEMA®.