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Tom Cruise used his pilot’s license while he was “The Late Late Show” host James Corden prior to the release of “Top Gun: Maverick” on Friday, May 27th.
“I’m really excited that James is doing this,” Cruise admitted in a special segment in which he was preparing to fly Corden in both a vintage fighter plane and a modern war jet.
“Was he the first late night show I asked? Hell no. He was just the first, the only one to say yes.”
“I’m going to get on a 75-year-old plane with someone who isn’t a pilot? Yeah, that sounds like a good idea,” Corden said.
After Cruise insisted he was in fact a pilot, the talk show host said, “With all due respect, you played a lawyer on ‘A Few Good Men.’ I don’t want you to represent me in court.”
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Cruise took Corden for a ride in a 1944 fighter plane, which Corden admitted upon boarding, “even that is terrifying.”
The Cats star was quick to put up a “Help Me” sign in the window after joking about asking for the WiFi password.
Things took a more serious turn when a dueling plane appeared in the sky to challenge them.
“We’re in a dogfight,” Cruise said while dropping the plane to a 90-degree angle, at which Corden yelled, “I don’t give a fuck.”
“You did well,” Cruise Corden said upon landing.
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“The fact that this is your idea of a fun day trip shows me how different we are as people,” Corden quipped.
The talk show host thought he was done for the day, only for Cruise to get back into action with a new exciting journey while they played a game of volleyball, similar to the famous 1986 film sequence.
Corden tried to resist further aerial adventures until Cruise referenced a classic Top Gun trope: “You’re my goose.”
“When you said I’m your goose, I got excited, and then I realize Goose dies in the movie,” Corden explained.
Cruise tried to get Corden back on his good side: “You’re the first half of the movie Goose. That ‘You’ve Lost that Loving Feeling’ Goose.”
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“That’s the goose I want to be,” Corden said. “I want to sing in a bar.”
As the newfound flying partners hid in their tents for the night, Corden said, “Tom, if you kill me tomorrow, I’ll haunt you for the rest of your life.”
Cruise was quick to comment, “James, if I kill you tomorrow, I’m dead too.”
The next day, the two effortlessly boarded a newer and nicer vehicle, apparently to Corden’s approval.
“We just fly straight, just relax, just take it easy a little bit,” Cruise said, while also shaking his head at the camera. Seconds later, the Mission Impossible star was hurtling through the air, spinning to its heart’s content.
Once on the ground and back in the studio for good, Corden was relieved to no longer have to witness Cruise’s need for speed.
“You can always be my wingman,” Cruise said. “You know what? I think I’m good,” Corden replied.
Cruise first played Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, a young naval aviator aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. He has worked with Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan, Tim Robbins and Anthony Edwards.
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