The filming of Top Gun: Maverick not only allowed Tom Cruise to return to his iconic character of Pete “Maverick” Mitchell but also to return to the places of his first exploits. It is thus on Breakers Beach, on the part reserved for the naval base of Coronado, not far from the ground where was once filmed the mythical game of volleyball of the first opus, that the actor and his comrades shot the game of soccer.
If Tom Cruise had not shown a huge interest for the first part, seeing in this one a kind of “Flashdance” in the air, he was however anxious to fully invest himself in the sequel. Six months before the shooting, the actor went to a training center for US Air Force pilots in order to follow a training. His goal? To fly his own plane in the film. “From the beginning, I told the studio that if I was going to invest in this film, we would have to shoot everything in practice. I will be in that F/A-18, period. So you will have to develop camera booms, there will be wind tunnels and engineering. It’s going to take a lot of time for me to absorb all of this. For years, we were told, “Can’t you shoot in CGI?” I always said no, that this was not the experience to be had. I warned those around me and told them that we had to have the right story. And we were also going to need the right team. This film is a story of precision and virtuosity. This is not a game for me.“This is how Tom Cruise expressed himself during the promotion of the film.
However, if it is Tom Cruise that the film shows during the catapulting and landing, real pilots had to take over at certain moments for the simple reason that it was impossible to let an actor, as talented and invested as he may be, take the controls of a 70 million dollar aircraft alone. Rumor has it, however, that while Miles Teller and the other actors in the cast were convulsing and nauseous during filming, subjected to extreme conditions in the cockpits, Tom Cruise remained unperturbed.
36 years separate Top Gun from Top Gun: Maverick, the longest period of time between a film and its sequel.
This part of the beach is integrated with the Coronado Naval Base. It is therefore only accessible to soldiers and their families.
Breakers Beach adjoins the public part of the shore and in particular the Coronado Dog Beach, where animal lovers can enjoy the ocean with their four-legged friends. Family friendly, this beach is also located at the northern end of Ocean Boulevard in Sunset Park. It is bordered by several shops, bars and small seafood restaurants.
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By Gilles Rolland
Passionné de cinéma, de rock and roll, de séries TV et de littérature. Rédacteur de presse et auteur des livres Le Heavy Metal au cinéma, Paroles de fans Guns N' Roses, Paroles de fans Rammstein et Welcome to my Jungle : 100 albums rock et autres anecdotes dépareillées. Adore également voyager à la recherche des lieux les plus emblématiques de la pop culture.