Published On: Mon, Apr 27th, 2020

Top Gun 2 Maverick: Val Kilmer begged Tom Cruise for Iceman return | Films | Entertainment

It may have been delayed from the summer to Christmas, but Top Gun 2 is still arriving 34 years after the original hit cinemas. Tom Cruise is back for Top Gun: Maverick, as is his title character’s nemesis Iceman, played by Val Kilmer. However, the 60-year-old has revealed he had to beg Cruise and producers to be included in the long-awaited sequel.

Kilmer made the reveal in his new autobiography, I’m Your Huckleberry.

According to USA Today, the Iceman actor wrote: “As The Temptations sang in the heyday of Motown soul, ‘ain’t too proud to beg.’”

Kilmer reached out to producers, creating “heartrending scenes with Iceman.”

And boy did it pay off.

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In his memoir, Kilmer wrote: “I didn’t want the part.

“I didn’t care about the film. The story didn’t interest me.”

After being pressured by his agent to audition, he said: “I showed up looking the fool, or the goon.

“I wore oversize gonky Australian shorts in nausea green.”

Kilmer added: “I read the lines indifferently.

“And yet, amazingly, I was told I had the part.

“I felt more deflated than inflated.”

Top Gun: Maverick is released in UK cinemas on December 23, 2020.

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