Tom Cruise has debuted the first trailer for Top Gun: Maverick during a surprise appearance at San Diego Comic-Con. Photo: AP
Tom Cruise has debuted the first trailer for Top Gun: Maverick during a surprise appearance at San Diego Comic-Con. Photo: AP

Being old and fat is why I am not in 'Top Gun' sequel, says McGillis

By Gina Salamone Time of article published Jul 31, 2019

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New York – Unrealistic Hollywood beauty standards may be to

blame for "Top Gun" star Kelly McGillis not being asked to appear in

the upcoming sequel, the actress suggests.

She told "Entertainment Tonight" that those behind "Top Gun:

Maverick," due out next June, likely didn't reach out to her because

she's "old and fat."

"Oh my God, no," McGillis, now 62 years old, told ET of whether she was

contacted for the film. 

"They did not and nor do I think they would

ever. I mean, I'm old and I'm fat and I look age-appropriate for what

my age is. And that is not what that whole scene is about.

"I'd much rather feel absolutely secure in my skin and who and what I

am at my age as opposed to placing a value on all that other stuff."

McGillis starred as an astrophysicist and the love interest of Tom

Cruise's character in "Top Gun," the 1986 hit action drama about

naval aviator Pete "Maverick" Mitchell (Cruise).

"Maverick" brings back Cruise, 57, but will see Jennifer Connelly,

48, step into the role of Maverick's love interest.

McGillis says she hasn't seen the trailer for the sequel yet, and

isn't sure if she'll see the film. "It depends on what kind of

reviews it gets," she said. 

"I'm not racing to the theatre and I'm

not racing away from the theatre to see it. It's just not on my

little list of things that I would like to get done."

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