The events of Top Gun: Maverick see Tom Cruise’s Pete “Maverick” Mitchell training a group of young pilots for a dangerous mission. One of those pilots is the quiet, but extremely capable Lieutenant Robert “Bob” Floyd, played by Lewis Pullman, the son of Bill Pullman, who got some time in the cockpit playing President Thomas Whitmore in Independence Day (a title he’s partly responsible for). In fact, the elder Pullman gave his son some advice related to the 1996 sci-fi action movie upon learning Lewis would appear in Maverick.
It’s been a long wait for Top Gun: Maverick as the movie was once set to come out in summer 2019, but due to a variety of factors (including the COVID-19 pandemic), it wasn’t widely released until May 27. But now the public is able to take in the sequel that arrived 36 years after its predecessor, although when Lewis Pullman, star of the upcoming Salem’s Lot remake, spoke with THR, his father wasn’t one of those people yet. In the Maverick star’s words:
He hasn’t seen it yet, but I cannot wait for him to see it. He’s working on a play right now, doing rehearsals. I always run everything by him before I start a job, and he always delivers me gold. He used green screen in Independence Day, but he gave good movement advice, to really convey the physicality of what’s going on. Mainly, he offered to make sure this character felt real and grounded and to absorb everything from the real Top Gun pilots, so I could do justice to what they do.
In case you didn’t follow along with Top Gun: Maverick’s development, Lewis Pullman and the other actors who played pilots in the movie learned how to actually fly fighter planes with Tom Cruise. That’s quite a step up from simulating flying a plane with a green screen behind you, but presumably at the time, Lewis Pullman informed Bill Pullman he’d be in Maverick, he hadn’t started flight training yet. So his movement advice was likely quite welcome, as were his words about paying attention to the Top Gun pilots and making sure Bob felt real and grounded. Now we need to know when Bill Pullman (whose Independence Day character helped thwart alien invasions in that movie and 2016’s Resurgence) has seen Maverick so we can hear his thoughts about it.