Actor Jon Hamm discusses the relationship between his character, Vice Admiral Cyclone, and Tom Cruise’s Maverick in Top Gun 2.
Tom Cruise’s Maverick and Jon Hamm‘s character have a complicated connection in the much-anticipated Top Gun 2. The first Top Gun was released in 1986 and went on to gross $357 million, making Cruise a superstar.
When it comes to a film like Top Gun, sequels are expected, but in this instance, Cruise moved on to other projects and Top Gun 2 remained simply a figment of his imagination. After months of COVID-related delays, the officially titled Top Gun: Maverick is finally making its way to theatres. Cruise’s Maverick is portrayed as an older but not necessarily wiser fighter pilot in the Top Gun sequel.
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Miles Teller, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Glen Powell, Jake Picking, Lewis Pullman, Jay Ellis, Manny Jacinto, Monica Barbaro, and Charles Parnel also star in the film as Maverick’s late co-pilot Goose’s son. Val Kilmer returns as Iceman, Maverick’s longtime nemesis.
Then there’s Mad Men actor Jon Hamm, who portrays Vice Admiral Cyclone, a new character. Considering Cyclone’s position, it’s safe to say that the Navy’s top dog will have a tense relationship with the defiant Maverick. Indeed, according to Hamm, Cyclone and Maverick do trade blows in Top Gun 2. According to Hamm, when GQ interviewed him about his role in the film he said:
Yeah. I play the boss, the guy who’s shaking his finger and telling Tom Cruise that he’s writing checks his body can’t cash. It’s exciting. The movie is tremendous. Talk about excitement. I cannot wait for people to see this film. It’s everything you want the sequel to Top Gun to be. It’s super-great. I don’t want to spoil it, but it’s awesome.
In a Top Gun film, the finger-shaker plays a crucial role in conveying to the audience just how daring and dangerous Maverick truly is by criticizing him for things like buzzing towers. This establishes an authoritative figure for Maverick to oppose and makes the audience root for him.
At this point, it’s a little surprising that Cruise is still playing the authority-defying character from Top Gun, but it’s clear that Cruise wasn’t quite ready for his boss role and still wants to be the hotshot who makes their superiors’ coffee spill by flying his jet too close to their heads. Aside from Teller’s role as Rooster, the film also has several genuinely youthful hotshots for Cruise and company to deal with.
When it comes to the scolding authority figure position, Hamm is a solid option because, while still conveying a lot of strength, his sense of lightness and humor is just ideal for what is fundamentally a cartoony and ridiculous environment. When Top Gun 2 eventually arrives on the big screen, it will be fascinating to see Hamm and Cruise share the screen as opponents.