‘Top Gun’ Volleyball Scene Nearly Cost Tony Scott His Job: “They Were Really Angry
’s most iconic scenes so angered Paramount
executives that the late filmmaker Tony Scott could have lost his job,
according to the Oscar-nominated editors who worked on the 1986 classic.
The signature volleyball scene featuring a glistening Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer has remained a pop culture fascination for 36 years.
To capture the magic, Scott burned an entire day on filming,
something the studio did not expect for the scene, which was only a paragraph long in the script.
“That scene was scripted as a real game,” editor Chris Lebenzon says on this week’s episode of
Behind the Screen
They kept score and everything — and Tony shot it like a commercial, and they were angry.”
The studio was so pissed off. The head of production, Charlie McGuire,