New Delhi: Hollywood filmmaker Tony Scott, director of such big-screen action hits as 'Top Gun' and 'Crimson Tide,' jumped to his death on Sunday from a bridge over Los Angeles Harbor, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office said.
For actor Tom Cruise, 'Top Gun' was a turning point in his career and catapulted him to stardom. He was America's new heartthrob. Here are 10 awesome, must-know 'Top Gun' facts from the film website IMDB.
1. The aircraft used for the fictional MiG-29s are Northrop F-5E (single seat) and F (two seat) Tiger IIs, which were used by TOP GUN as aggressor aircraft.
2. Bryan Adams was asked to allow his song 'Only the Strong Survive' on the soundtrack, but he refused because he felt that the film glorified war.
3. Director Tony Scott wrote a quick check for $25,000 to the commander of the aircraft carrier in order to capture one vital external shot.
4. The love scene between Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis was filmed after initial test screenings. Moviegoers complained that there was no love scene, so the company obliged. McGillis, however, had already dyed her hair darker for her next film. This is why the scene is tinted blue. Also noticeable as a subsequent shoot due to the longer length of Tom Cruise's hair (particularly in front).
5. Just before the film started production, one of the producers announced that they wanted to use the Bruce Springsteen song 'Born in the USA' but attempts to secure the song were unsuccessful.
6. Riding on the back of this film's success, the US Navy set up recruiting booths in the major cinemas to try and catch some of the adrenaline charged guys leaving the screenings. They had the highest applications rate for years as a result.
7. The Hard Rock band 'Judas Priest' were asked to contribute the song 'Reckless' to the soundtrack, but declined because they thought the movie would flop. Two years later, they contributed a cover of 'Johnny Be Good' to the movie of the same name, which turned out to be a flop.
8. Director Tony Scott was officially fired three times during production.
9. In preparation for his role, Tom Cruise was allowed to take three rides in the F-14 Tomcat. He vomited during the first trip but was okay during the other two. Anthony Edwards is the only actor who didn't vomit while in the fighter jets.
10. The movie introduced the United States Navy F-14 Tomcat to the world. The F-14 Tomcat ruled the skies for over a decade. For the entire list, click here.