The cast of ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ talks about going through the "Tom Cruise Bootcamp"

Leave it to Tom to help his co-stars get into Top Gun shape. The cast of Top Gun: Maverick chatted about undergoing "Tom Cruise Bootcamp" in preparation for the new film. Jay Ellis, who plays Reuben Fitch, told, "We're flying all these crazy maneuvers with him every single day. It was this crazy experience." Not only did the cast undergo intense flight training, but Ellis shared that they also swam with the coach of the U.S. Open Water swim team and went on "culture trips" to learn about the experiences of pilots. The training certainly paid off, as Monica Barbaro – who plays Natasha Trace – shared that they had to reshoot a scene because they all had gained "more swagger". She joked, "They were like, ‘We need to go back and do this again because you're different.'" But sometimes, it was hard to live up to the action movie legend that is Cruise – who reprises his role as Pete "Maverick" Mitchell from the 1986 film. It's Cruise's love for aviation (he's an avid pilot) that helped the rest of the cast push through tough times.