UPDATED: US Navy Denies Tom Cruise Allegations Of Arrogant Behavior Filming Top Gun 2

Top Gun: Maverick Tom Cruise Christopher McQuarrie UPDATE: US Navy officials responded to accusations of Tom Cruise’s alleged arrogance on set of Top Gun 2 and denied the claims.

“Tom Cruise and the cast were nothing but gracious and professional during filming to all of the sailors.”

A crew member who asked to remain anonymous previously told NBC 7  that Tom Cruise had allegedly asked servicemembers on USS Theodore Roosevelt not to look at him or touch him either. He said:

“He angered USS Theodore crew while filming [the ‘Top Gun’ sequel]”.

The crew member also said that Cruise’s behavior was:

“Very arrogant.”

The Navy official explained that “some sailors may have misinterpreted guidance from the Navy that told sailors to not approach actors while filming and not use cell phones on the set.”

The Navy official also assured that it “does not tolerate any disrespect to its members” and “wouldn’t allow” staff to be mistreated.

The original story is as follows.

Members of the US Navy are reportedly slamming actor Tom Cruise for alleged arrogant behavior on the set of his upcoming sequel, Top Gun: Maverick. 

Tom Cruise is currently filming for this highly-anticipated follow-up to one of his most iconic roles from the original Top Gun film in 1986. In particular, Tom Cruise is filming on the USS Theodore Roosevelt and apparently, the crew has been ordered not to look at nor talk to the movie star.

Facebook screenshots from numerous US Navy members on board the USS Theodore Roosevelt expressed their dislike of the behavior of Tom Cruise while filming Top Gun: Maverick. 

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Tom Cruise Top Gun 1 US Navy

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This isn’t the first time Tom Cruise has received heated criticism from US Special Forces. In 2013, the actor made comments comparing his job as a professional actor to be just as, if not more intense than what troops in Afghanistan were going through.

At the moment, no official response has been made by Tom Cruise nor the production behind Top Gun: Maverick as a result of this onslaught of criticism from numerous US Navy crew members.

What do you make of these responses from US Navy members? Will this effect your chances of watching Tom Cruise in the new Top Gun sequel? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news.

Details on the upcoming film are still hard to come by but we do know that the film will, in part, focus on the first film’s protagonist, Maverick, (Tom Cruise), teaching a new generation of pilots. Val Kilmer is set to reprise his role as Tom “Iceman” Kazansky from the first film as well. The film’s cast also includes Jennifer Connelly as a woman who runs a local Navy bar and Miles Teller as the son of Top Gun supporting character Goose who sadly died in the first film. In addition, Ed Harris and Jon Hamm have been cast as well in unspecified roles. The film is being directed by Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski.

Directed by Joseph Kosinski from a script written by Peter Craig, Justin Marks, Ashley Edward Miller, and Zack Stentz, with Christopher McQuarrie. Top Gun: Maverick stars Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Val Kilmer, Kelly McGillis, Jennifer Connelly, Glen Powell, Monica Barbaro, Thomasin McKenzie, Charles Parnell, Jay Ellis, Bashir Salahuddin, Danny Ramirez, Jon Hamm, and Ed Harris.

Top Gun: Maverick is scheduled to be released in theaters on June 26, 2020.

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Top Actors To Replace Ben Affleck In Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’

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Batman Ben Affleck Matt ReevesBen Affleck is officially out as Batman and it's a pretty sad day.

Words cannot describe how sad I am to see Ben Affleck announce that he's no longer Batman. His Batman is why I do what I do. In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I fell in love with his comic book-accurate interpretation of the Caped Crusader. It was a breath of fresh air and it felt like we finally had the one true Batman.

Three years have quickly sped by and we're officially going to receive a new Batman for his next movie. Last night, Ben Affleck announced that he will not return as the Dark Knight in Matt Reeves' The Batman and now everyone's attention has moved towards wanting to know who the next Bruce Wayne will be. Matt Reeves is said to want an actor that's around 20 years younger than Affleck while Warner Bros. wants someone older. My guess is that Reeves wants a fresh start while the studio wants an older actor for crossover potential.

In this list, I will discuss the actors I think can replace Ben Affleck as Batman using the parameters that Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. want. Hit Next to see our picks to play the Batman.

Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender X-Men

Michael Fassbender is an X-Men alum and no stranger to comic book franchises. The actor has shown multiple levels of range and could definitely handle the Batman/Bruce Wayne personality. If they go with the older range for the next Dark Knight, then Fassbender is probably one of the best choices to take over the role.

Ben Barnes

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Ben Barnes is out of a job after The Punisher season 2 and he's one of the best actors in that series. The second season tied up Barnes' arc on The Punisher and the actor has already told us that that he'd love to play the Caped Crusader. Barnes definitely has the pretty boy look going on for him and I wonder what his take on Bruce Wayne could be.

Ryan Gosling

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I've said this before and I'll say it again: Ryan Gosling needs to star in a superhero movie. I've always thought Gosling would make a great Batman. Every role that he's done has shown us his capability and he could crush it as Bruce Wayne.

Jon Hamm

Jon Hamm Mad Men

Jon Hamm is my top choice for an older Batman. If Warner Bros. wants to cast an older actor for crossover potential, Jon Hamm is the studio's best bet. He has a similar look to Ben Affleck, and c'mon, the guy's look just screams Bruce Wayne.

Armie Hammer

Armie Hammer The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Armie Hammer is 32 years old and was cast as the Caped Crusader in George Miller's Justice League: Mortal. That film will never see the light of day, but that doesn’t mean that Hammer doesn't deserve a second shot at being the Batman. He's charming, broody and will probably give his all for this role. Armie Hammer is a great option because he's young enough for Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. could work in a way for him to crossover with the rest of the DC Extended Universe.

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Noah Villaverde

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  • Mangler

    Jesus these “tough guy” military types sound more like a bunch of little girls with hurt feelings because the popular girl isn’t paying them any attention. Wow! Kinda scary their this lame.

    • ed

      Agreed. There should be some Court Marshals going on here. Just kidding, but in many ways, these types of movies are big recruiting tools for the organisation’s that protect us. It does look like they can use all the help that they can get to secure a few more good service men to replace these few people at least. Just kidding again. Let’s not get too carried away however, the military is mostly made up of great respectful types that should be admired and respected themselves. Anyone can have a bad day. And, by the way, can’t wait for this new movie. Hard act to follow, but I am sure it will be done. And Tom Cruise, ya! That’s why it is going to be great.

      • Sandeanna Becker

        It would be interesting to know why he has not met with, or laid eyes on Suri, his only biological child since 2013.

        • ed

          Check some of the Hollywood rags. They should have about 360 different versions of that to keep you reading for a while.

          • John Prince

            Have you heard the version how Katie Holmes took their Daughter and ran off,filing for divorce while the big being was filming in Iceland? How she testified in Court that she didn’t want her Daughter raised as a scientologist and that’s why she left him? It’s not just in the Hollywood rags,it’s in the Court records..

          • ed

            If the glove doesn’t fit, you must acquit! Court records!

          • John Prince

            But he didn’t get aquitted, he got divorced. .for the third time..it was in all the Papers, were you snoozing or auditing at the time?

          • ed

            Yes, over 50% of the population experience one or more of these cases where a couple doesn’t get along anymore or grow apart. It happens, right. Difference here is that there is some money to deal with the legal work needed to cover. Many are not so lucky.

      • John Prince

        tom crooz is nothing but a deluded, arrogant little shitheel..haven’t you seen his famous video where he laughs like an imbecile and says scientolgists are the only one who can help at the scene of an accident? Or the famous South Park episode “trapped in the closet”? Three Women have divorced him and now scientology is having a hard time recruiting a new girlfriend for him.He doesn’t like Girls anyway. .he only loves himself and David miscavige.

        • Sandeanna Becker

          You are correct!!

        • ed

          Every single thumbs up that a person gets on this platform is free. Getting in to the movie Top Gun, or renting It, or buying the VHS or now DVD costs money. Millions was made on the popularity of the character in these types of movies. Some may be a bit sour over that, but I rest my case.

          • John Prince

            So you haven’t seen the evidence I’ve mentioned. .ever wondered why tc has never won an Oscar? It’s easy, it’s because his “look at meeeee” films just aren’t that good, I rest my case

          • ed

            What’s your net worth?

          • John Prince

            What does my net worth have to do with tc’s whacky space-Opera “religion”? Why should I satisfy your curiosity when you haven’t satisfied mine? I asked if you’d seen the evidence that’s been available for years about him and got crickets as a reply..most People are aware of his sad devotion to l.Ron Hubbard and his money-making scam known as scientology,but you’re keeping your eyes closed,huh?

          • ed

            Most religions will teach that the number one thing that a person should always strive to do is curb their judgement of others. It is a bad habit.

          • John Prince

            Most religions,maybe ..But not scientology! I guess you’re not informed about the bogus “religion” schemed up by l.ron hubbard, the known tax-evader who was a bigamist and a Fugitive wanted by the Feds up until he died.

          • ed

            Whether you are nailed to the cross and then judged, or not nailed to a cross and then judged, it will not be you doing the judging, is all that I am saying. Your points are mostly moot in light of that.

          • John Prince

            You don’t have to hear me,if you insist on sticking your head in the sand. .I won’t hold it against you. I don’t believe you’re a scientologist,so you’re alright with me. .

          • ed

            I’m fine with that.

    • Gabe1972

      It has nothing to do with him not paying attention to them. It has everything to do with him not respecting them.

      • Mangler

        All I can say is read their comments. Clearly their “feelings” are hurt. Further more the whining about their jobs is a bit scary as well.

        • John Prince

          Are You Oregon are you not a scientologist?

        • Mike

          The flight deck of a carrier is an extremely dangerous place to work and has been called the most dangerous 4.5 acres in the world. You don’t pay attention on a flight deck and you get dead.

          • Victoria Zwick

            Well said Mike!!! No one that has never served in the military should EVER criticize our military members.

          • John Prince

            Not only has tc never served. .he also claimed his acting job is as hard as the Troops fighting in Afghanistan! The same couch-jumping lunatic who believes scientologists are the only ones who can help at the scene of a traffic accident. .

      • John Prince

        He treated the Real Navy the same way he treats his fake-navy sea-org slaves..in his deluded mind there’s no difference.

    • AmmoAlamo

      On an aircraft carrier the passageways are narrow by design, because space is valuable. When a real officer comes through sailors might shout ‘make a hole!’ to allow the officer easier access. Not Cruise, who is just playacting at being an officer – he wants not only right of way, but to have no one even touch him while walking down one of these narrow passageways. He has had sailors ordered to not even look at him – how stupidly paranoid and suspiciously superior is that? It rankles real sailors when an actor takes over a commanding officer bunk, takes over their gym when he wants to use it (and at his whim), makes them lockup their phones so no photo or video gets out of the Big Star himself. I’m sure there is more, because it is a sailor’s right to sound off.

    • Galaar

      My dude, the Navy isn’t all about being “tough guys” as you are thinking the Army or Marines. I served on the Kitty Hawk, he’s just getting in the way of people just trying to get through the day. The phones is an annoyance, but not intolerable, but the gym randomly closing messes with schedules since we have to maintain our fitness as well with limited off duty hours after watch, extra duties, and maintenance. The worst is the potential River City, that includes no emails which makes certain jobs more difficult than they need to be.

    • Luther

      Are you serious? It has everything to do with them having to walk on eggshells. Not being able to have a portable electornic device. Them not being able to enter there own bething. You high if you think any of that is about “getting any attention”. Ive had many actors visit on our ship aswell as others for even filming and never heard of that happening. Imagine being told you can’t look at somebody.

      • Mangler

        Good move . Doubling down on whining.

        • John Prince

          Wasn’t it tom crooz whining about not being looked at or touched?

        • LiberalPsychosis

          I bet you’re a real tough guy in person, too.

          • John Prince

            Hence the name “mangler”

    • John Prince

      That funny ,how you call tom crooz “the popular Girl”

  • Reiji

    Seriously! I had high hopes for this sequel. Now, India Delta Kilo. SMFH

  • Tim Teak Treakle

    Sounds to me like a few sailors are butt hurt cause he actually cares about his profession. I wouldn’t wanna be disturbed either while making a film. There’s plenty of time to meet this man while he isn’t working.

    • Reiji

      Welp, there’s that

    • Mike

      From the sounds of things it’s 24/7. I was stationed in Long Beach in the mid 70’s and several TV shows as well as a couple of movies were filmed on the base and the actors were very friendly and even gave out autographs. I still have a script to the TV pilot for The Last Detail.

    • Luther

      Ive never heard of actors being so arrogant like that. No one had a single complaint about gerard butler when he filmed hunter killer.

    • Victoria Zwick

      Tim I really don’t think you have served in the military. Our military deserve more respect than Tom Cruise does, he is only an actor (make believe; pretense). Just what has Cruise done to protect our democracy or our country? And he belongs to a very scary so-called religion.

      • John Prince

        The Scariest !!!😱

    • John Prince

      Are You a scientology troll like mangler or what ?

  • Mark

    If I had to guess, I’d say it’s because it would look awfully strange if they started looking at him while filming. Better to just be in the habit of NOT looking so everything looks normal on set.

    • William A.

      I feel as if you have never served in the military. Before a ship receives VIPs, there is a ship wide muster or “meeting” in which details of the visit are discussed, orders on how to behave and proceed etc are passed down to the crew. I can say with a great deal of certainty that several of the things the crew was already order to do was give way to the cast and crew of the movie, interact only when necessary etc etc. That being said, tom coming on board and acting in the manner he is, does nothing more then cause issues as the crew has already been given their orders. Tom has stepped well beyond his boundaries and is showing off his true nature which is saddening to say.

  • William A.

    First I would like to say that as a navy vet of 8 years service, I have experienced having actors and public figures visit on board the ships I have served on to include Hunter Hearst Helmsley and Dwayne “the rock” Johnson. I have also talked to fellow shipmates who have had similar experiences. I have also had movies filmed in and around my hometown on a couple occasions. Tom’s behavior is the first time I have ever seen or heard of behave on this scale and it is appalling . It isn’t about being starstruck in the least. Those personnel on board the ship are being treated like crap. Think about it for a minute… If i came into your home, started bossing you around and treating you like crap, how would you feel?

    • Kev G

      Fine, but I would not cry about it, like a bunch of babies. All this story told me, was how pathetic people can be. What a sad world we live in. Tom Cruise doesn’t like me…WHAAA! I would want to be left alone, by such people as well.

      • John Prince

        You obviously have no idea what it’s like to serve in the Military,particularly the Navy..you’d feel “fine” if someone barged into your House and made you jump aside and demanded you don’t even look at them? you’re right,it is a sad World when Soldiers can’t sound off on Facebook,like everybody else, without being called crybabies..They live a much harder Life so you can live a cushy, sheltered one and critisize them.

  • Millennial Snowflakes!!! Toughen up Buttercup!!!

    • Luther

      Thats ignorant. Real good statement there.

    • John Prince

      114 upvotes in 4 years..Wow, you’re a real social-media influencer, aren’t you?

  • Lona Rowlands Combee

    Look at him anyways! He can’t do squat about it. As long as everyone continues to entertain this clown, he will continue to spew his nonsense. He ain’t nobody special, so quit treating him like he is. Then watch how quickly his head, filled with hot air, deflates!! Bahahaha 😜

  • Michael Wayne Bryan

    Hadn’t seen anything from the Captain or CMC or Liaison Officer. Probably Tom was getting asked to many time’s for things and he has his job to do.

  • Happy-Jack-57

    I talked with several people who provided “technical” support for the first “Top Gun” movie. They said Tom Cruise was a pain to work with then. One Navy Rescue Swimmer had to respond when Cruise got tangled in his parachute shrouds while filming the scene where Tom Cruise had to eject from his F-14. After he was rescued, Cruise refused to talk to or even acknowledge the rescue swimmer.
    When it came time for the film premier, the producer offered the rescue swimmer and his family free tickets to the premier, but only if the swimmer wore his dress blues to the premier. He refused.

  • James Adams

    Ok. Now let me ask everyone.
    How Do you get an entire crew to act like they are actually mad at you? The movie is called “Fallout” for a reason. He is one of the best paid actors out there. He pissed everyone off. That is what he wanted.

    • John Prince

      The best paid Oscar-less actors out there. .what kind of “fallout” does a Hollywood Reporter get if he asks tc about his beautiful religion?

  • Bob Crouch

    Cruise’s arrogance is not exactly a surprise as he put it on record himself. For example, his interview with Matt Lauer where Cruise, a high school graduate with no further training, claimed that he could dismiss an entire branch of medicine in its entirety armed with nothing but his say-so. Or his infamous “turtle neck” video where he claimed that no one other than a scientologist would be capable to be helpful when coming to an accident scene. Arrogance seems to come easily enough to him. Cruise’s claim “My job is as hard as fighting in Afghanistan” certainly does not exactly convey humility or an understanding for our armed forces.

    Then there are the DOZENS of social media comments from sailors on the Theodore describing their encounters with the actor in highly negative and extremely colorful terms. It’s safe to say that these sailors are highly disciplined people used to enduring hardship in the service of our country. And yet, their encounter with Cruise seemed to be more than they could bear. Why would they be making this up if they could instead impress their friends with stories about how happy and honored they were to be party to the Cruise movie?

    Finally, it should hardly come as a surprise that the Navy brass, most likely at the behest of the Cruise organization, would try to cover this up at the ranks’ expense. What else are they going to do? Come out and concur that they were dealing with an arrogant, entitled brat who thinks that the world’s job is to cater to his needs? In a work culture where respect is demanded it’s hard to believe that sailors “misinterpreted” disrespect directed toward them.