Lewis Hamilton has sensationally revealed that he had to turn down a role as a fighter pilot in Top Gun: Maverick, describing it as “the most disturbing decision” he’s ever made.
The seven-time world champion counts himself as good friends with actor Tom Cruise, who played the title role in the 1986 original and the recent Hollywood blockbuster that has grossed a whopping A$1.8 billion.
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Hamilton remembers being invited to the set of one of Cruise’s movies as the starting point of their friendship.
“He invited me to his set years ago when he was doing Edge of Tomorrow, and then we built a friendship over time.”
Once Hamilton learned that a Top Gun sequel was in the works, he was desperate to be involved given his love of the film as a child.
“So when I heard the second one was going to come out, I was like, ‘Oh my God, I have to ask him,'” Hamilton said.
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“I said, ‘I don’t care what role it is. I’ll even sweep something, I’ll be a cleaner in the back.’”
Cruise complied, but he wasn’t going to give Hamilton a cameo.
Instead, the megastar wanted the Mercedes driver to be one of the fighter pilots.
There was only one catch: filming was scheduled for the end of the 2021 F1 season, when Hamilton was drawn into a tense battle with Max Verstappen for the world championship.
Knowing he had to turn down the opportunity of a lifetime, Hamilton was devastated when he made the call.
“I’m a perfectionist,” said Hamilton.
“The most disturbing call I think I’ve ever had.”
F1 TRACK PREPARED TO MAKE APPEARANCE IN… CALL OF DUTY?
Christmas has come early for the cross section of F1 and Call of Duty fans.
Infinity Ward, the developers of the video game, released a trailer that confirmed that the Marina Bay circuit in Singapore will be a playable map in the latest edition of the famous franchise.
In an official statement, Infinity Ward confirmed that the map will be playable in the Modern Warfare II Beta so fans can get a taste of what’s to come.
“The Modern Warfare II beta is set to deliver a robust multiplayer experience that goes beyond the Core 6v6 experience with a variety of meticulously crafted maps of various sizes and an equally impressive set of modes, progression experiences and other aspects that will be analyzed further. revealed in Call of Duty: Next,” the statement read.
“In addition, we revealed a flyby of Marina Bay Grand Prix, where combat takes place inside the main indoor arena of an urban race course, one of the confirmed 6v6 multiplayer maps for the Beta.”
There doesn’t appear to be any official F1 branding or driver names, suggesting there is no official association between them and Call of Duty.
Interestingly, the worlds of F1 and Call of Duty have intertwined before, as Lewis Hamilton was a non-playable character in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, released in 2016.
LONG LIVE VEGAS! THE FIRST DATE OF F1 IN SIN CITY IS LEAKED
What happens in Las Vegas could well have big implications for the title race as the date for the Las Vegas GP has been leaked.
A letter of intent for the race between Liberty Media and the Convention Bureau was posted on Twitter and eagle-eyed fans noted the date.
The Las Vegas GP is scheduled for November 18 and would remain on that date until 2027 when the contract expires.
Based on the current F1 calendar, it would mean the race in Sin City would be the penultimate race of the season, as the Abu Dhabi GP takes place on November 20 this year.