If you enjoyed Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer’s rivalry in the 1986 action movie Top Gun, wait till you find out what was going on between the two during the film’s principal photography phase! It turns out that the two stars didn’t get along even when the camera stopped rolling. Kilmer recently spilled tea on his odd equation with the Mission Impossible star during the filming of Top Gun.
The Iceman and Maverick were Polar Opposites in Real Life!
When you look at Tom Cruise and his achievements, you should wonder how he got this far. If you do, the answer to this question is immense dedication. It is fair to say that Top Gun was one of the films that helped launch Cruise as a bankable action movie star.
Vil Kilmer, courtesy of his illustrious career, has a lot of interesting stories to tell. In his new memoir, “I’m Your Huckleberry: A Memoir”, he reflected on his experience while working on Top Gun. The Batman Forever star recalled that the cast members were divided into two factions, his and Cruise’s.
Kilmer led the “Party Boys”. Whereas, the Oblivion star was only adamant about working hard to become the top action star.
While The Iceman was hitting the San Diego nightlife with fellow cast members and having fun, Tom Cruise was utilizing the same time to practicing his dialogues and perfecting his stunts for Top Gun.
Val Kilmer admires Tom Cruise’s dedication and the fact that he achieved what he wanted to.
What did Val Kilmer do to “Break the Ice”?
The Heat star wanted Cruise to have fun during the takes as well. So, in order to bring him to his side, Kilmer pranked Cruise one day. He shared the details of the prank in which he asked Cruise to find a unique champagne bottle that the former had hidden in the middle of a massive field. The Maverick was given scavenger-hunt-types clues to complete his mission. He wrote,
I hid behind a bleacher and watched him lug the giant crate to his motorcycle. He never did thank me for the Iceman-style bit. I thought it would break the ice, but I guess the ice was just right.
If you miss seeing the classic rivalry between the Maverick and Iceman, Top Gun: Maverick is coming soon! It was slated for a summer release but due to the coronavirus pandemic, it will now be arriving in theaters on December 23, 2020.