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Jon Hamm remembers the excitement of the first day on set of “Top Gun: Maverick” with Tom Cruise.
In an interview with TODAY, Hamm, 51, spoke about working with the film’s star in the newly released movie.
“I’ll never forget my first day on set. There’s Tom Cruise, and he says, ‘Hey,’ comes up, gives me a big hug and says, ‘It’s so good to have you here,’” Hamm shared during the interview.
Jonn Hamm remembers his first day on set of “Top Gun: Maverick” with Tom Cruise. (Getty Images)
Hamm went on to ask Cruise, 59, what it was like to return to the same role 30 years later.
“I was like, ‘This has to be an out-of-body experience for you. You are in the same wardrobe on the same set, and it’s 30 years later.’ He goes, ‘I feel like I’m at home. And I was like, ‘Of course you do.'”
Hamm shared what it was like to be in the presence of Cruise, claiming his energy was “infectious” and “fun.”
“It’s a rare thing to be in the presence of a guy like that,” he said of Cruise.
(L-R) Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly and Jon Hamm attend the Royal Film Performance screening of “Top Gun: Maverick” in London. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)
During the interview, the “Mad Men” star opened up about what it was like to be presented a role in “Top Gun: Maverick” and claimed it was a “no-brainer.”
“If my eighth-grade self could talk to my now self, both of us would not be computing that this is happening,” Hamm said during the interview about his role.
He continued: “It was a no-brainer for me. I was just like, ‘Are you kidding? Yes.’ I don’t care what the part is. I would be in craft service on this thing if I could.”
(L-R) Glen Powell, Monica Barbaro, Jay Ellis, Bashir Salahuddin, Lyliana Wray, Miles Teller, Charles Parnell, Joseph Kosinski, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Connelly, Jake Picking, Tom Cruise, Lewis Pullman, Jerry Bruckheimer, Christopher McQuarrie, Greg Tarzan Davis, David Ellison, Raymond Lee, Jean Louisa Kelly, Manny Jacinto, Kara Wang and Danny Ramirez attend the “Top Gun: Maverick” premiere. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)
Hamm talked about the pushed back release date due to the coronavirus pandemic, claiming that to get the true experience of the movie, it had to be shown on the “big screen.”
“It was meant to come out in 2020,” he said. “Obviously, the world stopped. But the idea was, this needs to be seen big and loud and on a big screen and to blow your hair back.”
The movie’s fighter jets are a main attraction that Hamm recalled, admiring the men and women who went through the training to accomplish the stunts in the movie.
Jon Hamm attends the Mexico Premiere of “Top Gun: Maverick” at on May 06, 2022 in Mexico City. (Photo by Cristopher Rogel Blanquet/Getty Images for Getty Images)
“That’s no joke, that’s no CGI. It’s real,” Hamm said of the fighter jet scenes. “And those guys and girls all had to go through pretty much fighter pilot training, they’re in G-suits, they’re experience g-LOC, loss of consciousness. It’s exciting, your pulse immediately starts ramping up when you see it.”
The new “Top Gun” flick, directed by Joseph Kosinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, released on Tuesday.