“The most upsetting call that I ever had,” Lewis Hamilton on missing out on an incredible opportunity to feature in Tom Cruise’s Top Gun

Lewis Hamilton talks about how he had to let go of a dream role in his friend, Tom Cruise's movie 'Top Gun' because of his F1 commitments.

Lewis Hamilton and Tom Cruise
Lewis Hamilton and Tom Cruise
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British Formula 1 racer Lewis Hamilton has reached the ultimate star status as he is not only one of the highest-paid athletes in the world, but he is also a known face at Hollywood parties. Lewis is one of the most popular racers and he frequently brushes shoulders with A-listers and acclaimed directors. In a recent interview, the seven-time World Champion also revealed that he was called in for a role in Top Gun and he had readily said yes because the Briton has been a fan of the original 1986 movie since childhood. But he had to pass up on the opportunity because of his Formula 1 commitments.

While Lewis Hamilton is regarded as an undoubted racing legend, the Briton has several other interests off the racetrack like fashion, philanthropy and whatnot. The 37-year-old said to Vanity Fair that he was on the verge of getting his big break in a commercially successful movie but he had to pull out because of his busy schedule. 

Being Tom Cruise’s close friend, Lewis got a call to star as a pilot in Cruise’s Top Gun remake. Hamilton was all in for the job as he has always been a fan of the original action movie. But then, he had say no to the role because he was already preoccupied with F1 and could not give enough efforts into preparing for his character.

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Lewis Hamilton shares the story of how he had to walk out of Top Gun because of F1 commitments 

Lewis Hamilton post race
Lewis Hamilton post race

Many a times, fans have noticed famous Hollywood actor Tom Cruise cheering on Lewis Hamilton from the Mercedes pit at some of the Grands Prix. In fact, Cruise appeared at the British GP this year and celebrated his 60th birthday while watching his friend take a podium finish at Silverstone. While Tom has appeared in F1, Lewis Hamilton has not yet starred in one.of Cruise’s films but he revealed that he had got the chance to. In a conversation with Vanity Fair, Lewis talked about how he was offered a role in Cruise’s blockbuster movie Top Gun, but he had to say no because of previous commitments.

Citing the reason that he was already busy with Formula 1 and had no time to prepare for his role in Top Gun, Lewis Hamilton said, “I’m a perfectionist. There just wasn’t time.” Lewis was given the role of a fighter pilot in the movie, and he had intially said yes since he has been a fan of the original 1986 Top Gun movie from his childhood days.

While talking about how he landed the role, Hamilton said, “Basically I’m a friend of Tom [Cruise]. 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 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‘.” 

Although the role was not of a cleaner, but a fighter pilot, Lewis still had to pass up the chance since he wanted to give all his efforts but failed to do so. Lewis’ schedule was already packed with F1 preparations at the time of the shoot, and he had to say no to the opportunity.

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