While fans loved the storyline and romance of Top Gun, most moviegoers remembered the film for its high-flying, octane-filled jet stunts. Of course, the same is expected from the upcoming sequel. But it seems as if not everyone could handle the over-the-top stunts. This was the case for Top Gun: Maverick’s Lewis Pullman. The Top Gun: Maverick star admitted to throwing up while performing wild plane rides for the film.
Usually, having a weak stomach plus a feat of heights doesn’t bode well for a film centered on high-flying plane stunts. This made Lewis Pullman’s decision to join Top Gun: Maverick somewhat questionable. But the power of Tom Cruise pulled the Catch-22 star into doing the much-delayed sequel. Pullman revealed how his weak stomach made flying jets hard to do.
Dude, I didn’t think [it was the movie for me] at first. But when you’re like getting a rundown of aviation from Tom Cruise, you can’t help but be excited about it. [He’s] the best, man. And everything you’ll see in the movie he did in real life. He was like a mentor… Dude I puked so much [in the plane]. I’ll be the first to admit it. Never on camera though. The real Top Gunners don’t puke.
You must applaud Lewis Pullman for sucking it up and participating in those high-flying stunts despite his fears. It was nice to know that Tom Cruise helped him overcome those fears to be part of Top Gun: Maverick. Given Cruise’s off-screen personality, Pullman’s words fell right in line with others’ stories about his mentorship. At least Pullman was honest about his fears even after filming a blockbuster film. But there was more to Pullman’s weak stomach on the set.
Having a weak stomach didn’t stop him from participating in the action. Lewis Pullman revealed to TMZ that he had a special aid to help him out at his sickest. He spoke about having a throw-up bag while performing stunts in the sequel. The Top Gun: Maverick star gave some details about what the bag does.
A little plastic bag… a little boot with this weird powder that mixes it all [together].
At least Lewis Pullman had something to aid him during the turbulent experience. The bag seemed to be the perfect solution to his stomach issues. The fact that there’s a bag specifically for that purpose, speaks to how offers the issue comes up. Overall, Pullman was willing to do whatever to be a part of a future blockbuster.