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The Top Gun 2 director on recreating the original film’s iconic beach scene

ByJean A. Francis

May 25, 2022

Exclusive: Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski talks about paying homage to Top Gun’s iconic beach volleyball scene in the new film.

Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski discusses recreating the iconic beach volleyball scene from the original film. Tom Cruise returned to one of his most popular roles as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in the long-awaited sequel Upper gun, the 1986 Tony Scott-directed blockbuster about a group of US Navy fighter pilots at an elite flight school. The original film received mixed reviews from critics, but proved to be a huge hit with fans, pushing it to the top of the box office charts that year and making it one of the defining films. of the decade.


During the original film, Mitchell and his winger Nick “Goose” Bradshaw (Anthony Edwards) take a break from training and play volleyball against Tom “Iceman” Kazansky (Val Kilmer) and Ron “Slider” Kerner (Rick Rossovich). Although brief, the Upper gun The volleyball scene became one of the film’s most memorable moments, with three of the four flyboys shirtless and oiled up in the sun. They pose and flaunt their muscular physique in slow motion as Kenny Loggins’ aptly named song “Playing with the Boys” plays over the action.

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In an exclusive interview with Screen RantKosinski shares details of recreating memorable beach scene in Top Gun: Maverick. Kosinski explains that once he took over as director, people immediately started asking what he would do to pay homage to the original Upper gun volleyball scene. In the upcoming movie, the pilot trainees hit the sand and play soccer in wet jeans. Check out Kosinski’s full comments below:

Yes. It was one of those scenes where, when people heard that I was starting to prepare this movie, everyone asked me about the beach scene. I knew it was something we couldn’t avoid. The trick was how we fit it into the story. I didn’t just want to do the scene for the sake of doing it. Our writing team came up with a really clever way to incorporate this sequence into the story of our film. And then, that day, we had a lot of fun. I mean, it was shooting the beach scene for Top Gun.

It was important to Kosinski that the Top Gun 2 The beach soccer scene was integral to the story, and not just something that happened because something similar happened in the previous movie. Designing scenes and then backtracking to make them feel natural to a story can be a difficult task. However, the director seems convinced that the screenwriters of the film successfully completed their task and created a beach scene to rival that of the first film.

In the end, Kosinski Top Gun: Maverick falls into the category of legacy-sequel, a film that serves as a reboot of the franchise but also a sequel to the original film. This allows for the introduction of new characters while treating fans to familiar faces, and many such films are loaded with callbacks and fanservice, designed to play on audience nostalgia. However, these moments may seem baked into the story simply because fans recognize it; Kosinski’s demand that a tribute to the Upper gun that the beach volleyball scene is an integral part of the story is a good sign that he took great care in the film he was making. Kosinski’s work seems to have paid off, as Top Gun: Maverick critics have positioned it as the blockbuster to beat this summer.

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