Jennifer Connelly Praises Tom Cruise After He Recreated 'Top Gun' Motorcycle Scene: 'He's Got Skills'

Jennifer Connelly is opening up about Tom Cruise and how he recreated that iconic motorcycle scene for the Top Gun sequel

Jennifer Connelly is opening up about how Tom Cruise recreated that iconic motorcycle scene from Top Gun.

The 48-year-old actress was photographed holding on to Cruise, 56, from the back of a black motorcycle as he drove. The scene is reminiscent of one featured in the 1986 classic in which Maverick and his love interest Charlotte “Charlie” Blackwood, played by Kelly McGillis, go for a ride.

That was a fast motorcycle,” Connelly told Entertainment Tonight, adding Cruise is “an excellent driver.”

She continued, “I was marveling at it actually because we had this scene. We were doing that and we raced down the street and we pull up at the house that’s supposed to be my house [in the film] and, like, not once was it even half of an inch off.”

“Every time it [would] zoom down the street and then stop perfectly exactly on the mark,” Connelly said. “He’s got skills! For sure.”

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The two are set to star in Top Gun: Maverick with Cruise reprising his role as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. Val Kilmer is also returning to the role of Iceman, while Jon Hamm and Miles Teller have joined the cast.

Connelly gushed about working with Cruise, saying, “It’s been really fun.”

“He’s so passionate about what he’s doing,” she said. “He’s so committed. He’s so dedicated. I have so much respect for that. It’s really been a privilege.”

Kelly McGillis and Tom Cruise.

In early October, Cruise was photographed riding on the back of the motorcycle while sporting a big grin, his bomber jacket, blue jeans and black aviator sunglasses.

The actor shared the first shot from the set of the film to his social media on “#Day1” of production in May. The action star was decked out in his aviation gear and held his helmet as he gazed across the tarmac at a plane.

Cruise labeled the picture “FEEL THE NEED,” referencing Maverick’s iconic quote, “I feel the need, the need for speed.” According to Variety, the Mission: Impossible star’s character will now be an instructor.

Top Gun: Maverick is scheduled for release in June 2020.

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