‘I should have been in Top Gun with Tom Cruise’ – Lewis Hamilton

‘I should have been in Top Gun with Tom Cruise’ – Lewis Hamilton

LONDON: World racing star Lewis Hamilton has revealed he had to turn down an offer to appear as a fighter pilot in the Tom Cruise film Top Gun: Maverick because of his commitment to Formula One.

The seven-time world champion told Vanity Fair that he was ‘desperate’ to land a role in the film.

“I am a friend of Tom Cruise. He once invited me to the filming set a few years ago when he was working on the movie Edge of Tomorrow . Since then we built a friendship,” said the 37-year-old Mercedes driver.

Hamilton said that he was a big fan of the original Top Gun movie released in 1986.

“When I found out another film was in the works, I was like ‘Oh my God, I’ve got to ask him’. I said ‘I don’t care what character it is… I can even be a sweeper, be a cleaner in the background,'” Hamilton said.

When the coveted opportunity came that was offered the role of a pilot, Hamilton however had to turn it down because the filming schedule clashed with his racing schedule. Hamilton described the rejection as ‘the most disappointing thing in his life’.

In relation to his career, the Briton also had time to comment on the trauma of losing last year’s title to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in the final round of the race in Abu Dhabi, after a machine safety controversy.

Hamilton said that moment was his ‘worst fear come true’.

“I feel, there’s no way they would lie like that. No way. It’s not going to happen.

“I remember when I sat down and thought because I couldn’t believe it had happened. Then I realized that it was necessary to unbuckle the seat belt, climb out of the machine and find strength,” he recalled.

Hamilton added, at that time he felt weak and like the worst condition he had experienced in a long time.

source – Agency


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