Since Scuttlebutt’s headquarters are in San Diego, California, this is a military town that proved to be a good backdrop for filming the Top Gun movie released in 1986. But local filming locations weren’t just limited to Navy bases for this film, which is also true for the sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, which will be released on May 27, 2022.
However, when they headed to San Diego Bay to film an action scene, no one told them about the region’s light winds. “We shot this sequence twice. We shot it in San Diego for the first time and it was very beautiful,” says actress Jennifer Connelly. “We took beautiful shots and there were even dolphins swimming next to us. But Tom (Cruise) said, ‘No, that’s not fast enough’.”
For the second attempt, someone did some research and they headed to San Francisco where Connelly and Cruise got a real taste of high-wind sailing on a J/125.
“It was a very distracting environment,” Connelly said. “It was incredibly windy, with big waves. The boat was at an impossible angle and moving so fast and we had to act the scene at the same time. I was so paranoid that with all these distractions I would forget something. I stood on the coffee table in my living room and practiced splashing water on me and blowing on me with my kids while I ran my lines.”
Connelly shared the story on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and while Cruise is known for doing his own film stunts, Connelly was pretty excited to have taken on the role of a sailor. “I love it, it was great, it was amazing,” she said of the experience. “I took classes to prepare for the role, starting in New York Harbor. A bit like learning to drive on the Autobahn.”