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Tom Cruise ‘was actually adamant’ Val Kilmer seem in ‘High Gun: Maverick’

Tom Cruise caught his neck out for his co-star.

Again in 1986, the Hollywood icon starred as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in “High Gun” alongside Val Kilmer, who performed his rival, Tom “Iceman” Kazansky. The 2 performed college students at an elite Naval aviation faculty.

Each actors reprise their roles for the upcoming sequel, “High Gun: Maverick” – thanks partially to Cruise’s insisting to producer Jerry Bruckheimer that Kilmer, now 61, return.

“He mentioned, ‘We’ve to have Val, we’ve got to have him again. We’ve to have him within the movie,'” the producer advised Individuals journal. “And he was the driving pressure. All of us needed him, however Tom was actually adamant that if he will make one other ‘High Gun,’ Val needed to be in it.”

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Bruckheimer appeared blissful to have had Kilmer again on set as nicely.

Val Kilmer in ‘Top Gun’ as Tom 'Iceman' Kazansky. He will reprise the role in ‘Top Gun: Maverick.’

Val Kilmer in ‘High Gun’ as Tom ‘Iceman’ Kazansky. He’ll reprise the function in ‘High Gun: Maverick.’ (Picture by CBS by way of Getty Pictures)

“He is such a positive actor, and he is such a superb particular person,” the producer gushed over Kilmer. “We had such a superb time on the primary one and needed to convey among the gang again collectively once more.”

Getting the castmates again collectively was “a extremely emotional expertise” for many individuals, Bruckheimer mentioned.

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“It was a very long time getting there, however we did,” he mentioned.

In his current memoir, Kilmer addressed previous rumors that Cruise, now 59, was creating a “High Gun” sequel.

Tom Cruise was 'adamant' that Val Kilmer be cast in 'Top Gun: Maverick.'

Tom Cruise was ‘adamant’ that Val Kilmer be forged in ‘High Gun: Maverick.’ (Getty Pictures)

“He was calling it ‘High Gun: Maverick.’ Nicely, Tom was Maverick, however Maverick’s nemesis was Iceman. The 2 went collectively like salt and pepper,” Kilmer wrote within the guide, per Individuals. “It did not matter that the producers did not contact me. Because the Temptations sang within the heyday of Motown soul, ‘ain’t too proud to beg.'”

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After Kilmer was finally requested to affix the sequel, it appears the actor was thrilled.

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“They honor the legacy of Iceman, and he was so stoked by it,” Kilmer’s 26-year-old son Jack advised the outlet.

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