'He went out 110 percent': Glen Powell hurt himself filming 'Top Gun: Maverick' beach football scene
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: 'Top Gun: Maverick' director Joseph Kosinski spilled some behind-the-scenes secrets in a recent interview and revealed Glen Powell injured himself during the shoot. In the movie, Powell played Lt Jake 'Hangman' Seresin, a talented yet overtly confident aviator who has no sense of being a team player.
The Tom Cruise-starrer garnered worldwide praise and became one of the most popular films of 2022, even entering the Billion dollar club. The perfect combination of nostalgic elements and the continuation of the original story brought depth into the sequel, making it worth the wait of 30 years.
During a conversation with Indiewire on the red carpet of Critics Choice Awards, Kosinski opened up about the viral football scene from the movie. The 'Oblivion' director noted that he is often asked about the iconic scene and revealed the burden of the original 'Top Gun' added to the pressure on the actors. Apparently, Glen Powell gave it his all in and even got himself hurt during the first play. Luckily, the injury was not a serious one and Powell was able to recover quickly.
"I remember Glen went out 110 percent on the first play and hurt himself, but you know he was able to recover quickly and we were able to get a great version of it," Kosinski said. He added that as the actors built a wonderful rapport with each other, it was easier to shoot the scene that is primarily about teamwork.
The beach football scene almost instantly become a viral sensation on almost every social media platform. The scene comes at a pivotal point in the film, as the aviators find it imperative to learn to work as a team. The scene also serves as a sweet nostalgic moment, recalling the iconic beach scene from the first film.
You can rewatch 'Top Gun: Maverick' on Paramount Plus.