Top Gun was one of the biggest movies of the 1980s, inspiring many catch-phrases (“I feel the need for speed!”), igniting the career of Tom Cruise, and creating a stable set of acting jobs for other actors and actresses who co-starred in the film (Remember Anthony Edwards in ER?) The movie also offered one of the best selling soundtracks of all-time. Behind the scenes of the movie, there were many interesting happenings that you probably never heard about.
The Memory of Art Scholl
In the movie Top Gun, there is a pivotal scene that involved a jet plane getting hit with fire, and beginning to descend into a crash, forcing both the pilots to eject from the plane. One of the pilots gets thrust into the plane during the ejection and is killed before he even hits the ocean.
The film Top Gun is dedicated to Art Scholl, a famous stunt pilot who was killed at 53 years of age during the production of the movie when his plane went into a tailspin and crashed into the Pacific Ocean, near San Diego County. Scholl had also flown stunts in other famous movies, such as The Right Stuff, Blue Thunder, and Baa Baa Black Sheep.