Lewis Hamilton had to turn down ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ role

Source: Mercedes F1 Twitter

Lewis Hamilton was offered a part in the ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ movie, but he unfortunately had to make “the most upsetting call that I think I’ve ever had”.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Lewis Hamilton revealed that he was very interested in being involved in the ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ movie, a sequel to 1980s hit starring Tom Cruise – ‘Top Gun’.

“Basically I’m a friend of Tom,” Lewis said.

“One of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. He invited me to his set years ago when he was doing ‘Edge of Tomorrow’, and then we just built a friendship over time.

“When I heard the second one [Top Gun] was coming out, I was like, ‘Oh, my God, I have to ask him’.

“I said ‘I don’t care what role it is. I’ll even sweep something, be a cleaner in the back’.”


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Lewis was then offered a more significant part, one of a fighter pilot, but unfortunately he was forced to turn it down so that he can focus on Formula 1.

“I’m a perfectionist, there just wasn’t time. [It was] the most upsetting call that I think I’ve ever had [to make] – to let them know.”

However, Lewis is in the process of preparing a new Formula 1 movie starring Brad Pitt, and directed by ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ director Joseph Kosinski.

The Briton revealed that as a producer, for the sake of authenticity, he had to “hear the B.S. that’s in the script because the Americans that are writing it are just getting newly accustomed to Formula 1”.

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