Glen Powell has revealed that Tom Cruise once pranked him by pretending to lose control of the helicopter they were riding.

The 35-year-old actor was recently interviewed by GQ Magazine, where he shared how he and Cruise had become good friends during the filming of Top Gun: Maverick and recalled an incident when Cruise was piloting a helicopter to return to London after reshoots at Pinewood Studios.

“Tom goes, ‘Oh no, oh no,’ and he starts dropping the helicopter over London,” Powell recalled, with the GQ writer noting that this is Tom Cruise’s idea of a joke. “I was like, ‘Am I about to be the unnamed guy that dies with Tom in a smoking hole in the middle of London?’”

Despite briefly fearing for his life, Powell had been in awe of Cruise during the film’s production, adding that Cruise owns a helicopter and flies “actual jets”. Powell is a licensed pilot, although, in the interview, he mentioned that compared to Cruise, he’s only flown friends cross-country to a number of US cities.

Powell also talked about the two bonding over their shared love of film and became “kindred spirits”. He added: “I got to watch a guy who knew every department. He was able to clearly interface with everyone, and be so friendly and respectful and be able to communicate that vision.”

Powell starred in Top Gun: Maverick as Lt. Jake “Hangman” Seresin, a young and brash pilot who eventually grows to respect Cruise’s Cpt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. Powell’s latest star vehicle is Hit Man, an action-comedy that will release on Netflix next Friday (June 7).

Earlier this week, Powell revealed that his first viewing of Hidden Figures, in which he appeared as a supporting actor, resulted in him “puking” over fears that he “ruined” the film.

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