Top Gun: Maverick’s Glen Powell Reflects On Not Getting Cast As Rooster, And How A Joke Tweet May Have Helped Him Land Hangman


When it dropped in May, the audience response to Top Gun: Maverick was beyond incredible. The studio expected the film to be a hit, but they did not expect the movie to open at No.1 and stay in the top ten for an almost unheard-of 20 more weeks. Nor did they expect it to become the fifth-highest-grossing domestic release of all time, break a wild record for Paramount,  or be the biggest box-office hit of Tom Cruise’s career. Yet, all those things Maverick did. And one of the film’s stars, Glen Powell (Hangman), says he wasn’t chosen for the role of Rooster, though he originally auditioned for it, and had it not been for a joke tweet, he may not have been cast in one of the biggest history-making action movies at all.

In a recent interview with Variety, the Hidden Figures actor spoke about his upcoming aviation biopic, Devotion, meeting Jonathan Majors naked in a Russian Turkish bathhouse, and how a viral tweet landed him a role in the critically well-received legacy sequel. The actor decided to post a funny response to social media declaring he was removing all the Tom Cruise posters in his room after receiving a phone call from the studio who said they were going with Miles Teller for the lead in Maverick.

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