As anyone who is anyone knows, the release
of a second Tom Cruise mega-hit “Top Gun: Maverick” has been
delayed until late in the year.
The reason for this has been given as the shutdown
of movie theaters, which would put quite the kibosh on
I, however, on somewhat hazy authority have found
out that the delay has been caused by the influence the virus
has had on several scenes that were already shot.
Checking out the trailer, it is readily apparent that
social distancing has taken a back seat in the ole cockpit.
There is a scene, for example, when Maverick is checking out
a plane and he is actually touching the jet, apparently to
make sure the parts aren’t about to fall off. You and I know,
however, that the virus could live on a metal surface so
that touching scene is verboten. I’m sure in the re-shoot
Maverick will be eye-balling the plane and maybe giving
it a thumbs up.
That’s not the worst of the social distancing snafus
that take place. There is a scene in which Maverick is on
a motorcycle with a female, who is not Kelly McGillis.
I liked Kelly, call-sign Charlie, in the original movie.
I assume she is not in this one because she has the virus.
I can understand that.
But what I can’t understand is how Maverick is riding around
on a motorcycle with this other woman hanging on to him, and
the other woman is not six feet away. It would take quite a
lengthy motorcycle to make this happen, but given everything
else going on, that would be a small sacrifice. Besides, you could
probably do it digitally.
One thing they did get right in the movie is that the pilots
are all wearing masks. These masks are used not only for
oxygen but for communication. The oxygen is used to avoid
hypoxia symptoms, which could pose a threat if you’re piloting
a plane going 600 mph and pass out. But we’re supposed to be
wearing masks in public so there’s something I have in common
with naval aviators. My call sign by the way, would have been
Nap Master, showing where my greatest strength lies. At least
someone was thinking ahead when they were shooting the film.
I’ve learned there were six cameras in the cockpit during
some of the flying scenes. Fortunately, they are being operated
remotelyo you didn’t have to have six cameramen in front of
Maverick to get the shots and pass on the virus. And what if one
of them had to use the facility? Don’t ask.
Ed Harris is in the movie. You remember him from Apollo 13
where he said, “Failure is not an option.” So, after getting Tom
Hanks safely back to earth, he apparently enlisted in the Navy,
where being 104 apparently is no barrier, and got a good job
behind a desk in charge of Tom Cruise.
He tells Maverick, “You’re heading for extinction.” Harris
apparently knows something about viruses. But Maverick is
having none of this. “Maybe so, sir,” he says, “but not today.”
Wow! Maverick must have gotten the vaccine and knows
that he’s good to go.
So you can clearly understand now why the release of the
latest in what promises to be a series of “Top Gun” movies has
been delayed. Who knows how many re-shoots there would
have to be if Maverick catches a cold.