Tom Cruise calls Top Gun: Maverick 'a love letter to aviation' and resurrects Tropic Thunder character Les Grossman during appearance on Conan
Tom Cruise made a surprise appearance at Comic-Con in San Diego on Thursday to promote his latest film, Top Gun: Maverick.
While on stage, Cruise introduced a new trailer for the hotly anticipated film and gave the stunned audience a hip-hop dance lesson when he resurrected his iconic Tropic Thunder character, Les Grossman.
The legendary actor also recited some of his character's colorful language, and talked up the Top Gun sequel, when he appeared as a guest on the Conan show with Conan O'Brien.
Superstar effect: Tom Cruise dished about Top Gun: Maverick and his iconic Les Grossman character from Tropic Thunder during an appearance on Conan on Thursday
To the delight of Conan's studio audience, Cruise revealed he shot the original Top Gun in San Diego 34-years ago, and that he has been pressed by fans to make a follow-up ever since.
He also shared that he actually flew an F-14 fighter plane during the making of the blockbuster 1986 film.
'I went through all the pilot training and then I filmed three flights in the F-14 in one day. It was a dream of mine,' he confessed.
Surprise! The legendary actor first appearance at Comic-Con in San Diego
Working the crowd: Later in the day, during his spot on Conan, Cruise revealed fans have been clambering for a Top Gun sequel since he shot the original in San Diego 34-years ago
High-flying: The actor, 57, said he and the other actors playing pilots needed to be able to handle flying in the airplane at top speeds, with the help of actual Navy pilots
Passionate: 'The aerial footage is really beautiful. I'm a pilot myself, and I love flying and I love aviation, so this is also a love letter to aviation,' Cruise said of Top Gun: Maverick
When it came to the sequel, Cruise said he and the other actors playing pilots needed to be able to handle flying in the airplane at top speeds, with the help of actual Navy pilots.
'So when you're seeing the G-force, it's not a computer-generated image. It's actually the actors in there being the characters,' the 57-year-old star said.
'The aerial footage is really beautiful. I'm a pilot myself, and I love flying and I love aviation, so this is also a love letter to aviation.'
Iconic: Eventually, Conan also got Cruise to reminisce about his legendary role of Les Grossman in 2008's Tropic Thunder
Hilarious! Cruise laughed at the reference to Grossman, a profane and ill-tempered studio executive
Working it: 'Look Les Grossman is a fun character,' Cruise confessed
Eventually, Conan also got Cruise to reminisce about his legendary role in 2008's Tropic Thunder.
Cruise laughed at the reference to Les Grossman, a profane and ill-tempered studio executive.
'Look, I love comedy. I used to write sketches when I was a little kid and I would do imitations to make my mother and my sisters laugh,' he shared with a big beaming smile on his face.
'Look Les Grossman is a fun character.'
Always learning: Cruise talked about how he took hip-hop dance lessons to prepare for the role in the Ben Stiller-directed film
Classic lines: Eventually Conan coaxed Cruise into reciting some of his profanity-laced lines that included: 'Just stand back and literally f*** your own face'
Cruise talked about how he took hip-hop dance lessons to prepare for the role in the Ben Stiller-directed film that also starred Stiller, Robert Downey Jr, Jack Black, Nick Nolte, Matthew McConaughey and Bill Hader.
Eventually Conan coaxed Cruise into reciting some of his profanity-laced lines.
'Just stand back and literally f*** your own face,' Cruise blurted out with a sly grin on face.
And then, with the crowd roaring with approval, he added another classic line from the film: 'I will f*** you up. I will massacre you.'
Top Gun: Maverick, which also stars Val Kilmer, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman and Ed Harris and directed by Joseph Kosinski, is scheduled for release June 26, 2020.
The anticipation: Top Gun: Maverick hits theaters June 26, 2020