Anthony Edwards Raves About Top Gun: Maverick: “Mission Accomplished”

The actor who played Goose in the original Top Gun had nothing but positive things to say about the film's sequel

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Original Top Gun actor Anthony Edwards has nothing but positive things to say about the film’s newly released sequel, Top Gun: Maverick.

Edwards, 59, played Lt. Nick “Goose” Bradshaw, Radar Intercept Officer to Tom Crusie’s Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, in the original 1986 blockbuster film. His tragic death is a central plot point in both the first Top Gun and its sequel.

Speaking on the red carpet of a Tribeca Film Festival screening (via People), Edwards declared Top Gun: Maverick “fantastic.”

“When something’s that successful, people had a certain feeling in the original one,” Edwards remarked. “And [Top Gun: Maverick] does exactly what it felt like seeing it the first time, only more. As I said to Tom, ‘Mission accomplished.’ They did it. They really did though. It’s a lot of work that went into that. But it had the feel, it had the tone, it had what people wanted.”

Edwards was unfazed about missing out on the sequel. “If you do the first movie, you’re lucky enough,” he said. Instead, he took pleasure in seeing Goose’s character live on through Lt. Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw (played by Miles Teller).

It’s the biggest movie that I’m in that I never had to show up for a day of work, so it was fun,” Edwards exclaimed.

Edwards wasn’t the only original Top Gun cast member absent from Top Gun: Maverick. Kelly McGillis who played Cruise’s love interest in the original film, offered a matter-of-fact explanation for why she was not invited back: “I mean, I’m old and I’m fat, and I look age-appropriate for what my age is, and that is not what that whole scene is about.”

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