What happened to the cast of 'Top Gun'?
Last week we told you about Paramount's plan to make a sequel to the '80s aerial actioner 'Top Gun', a full twenty five years after the original (how old does that make you feel, eh?). That got us thinking about the original fighter pilot classic and how well the cast fared post-1986.
Now we all know what happened to Tom Cruise - he turned into the world's biggest movie star, had an embarrassing incident on a chat show sofa but still continued to make millions of dollars at the box office (see ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol). But what about his supporting cast?
Val Kilmer - The Iceman did not quite cometh. Maverick’s nemesis in ‘Top Gun’ was a big Hollywood star for a while thanks to a spot-on turn as Jim Morrison in ‘The Doors’ and great supporting work in ‘Heat’. But his Bruce Wayne in ‘Batman Forever’ was rubbish and his career’s been in slow decline ever since. These days, a significantly more widescreen Kilmer can been seen in the likes of ‘Twixt’ and ‘Seven Below’.
She hated the filming experience and vowed never to act again. That's what she said, anyway. She's taken the odd part here and there over the years, with perhaps the best being in 2010's excellent vampire B-Movie, 'Stake Land'. Look out for her in Ti West's ridiculously scary-looking horror due out later this year, 'The Innkeepers'.
Tim Robbins – We almost forgot Robbins played Merlin, but behind Cruise he’s ‘TG’s most successful alumni. After its success, the doughy Robbins went on to star opposite Kevin Costner in 'Bull Durham', where he met his long-term partner, the lovely Susan Sarandon. You might've seen the 53 year-old in 'Jacob's Ladder', 'The Player' or, a lot of people's all-time favourite movie, 'The Shawshank Redemption'. He also won an Oscar for his role in 'Mystic River' (co-starring Sean Penn) and was nominated for a Best Director gong for the brilliant 'Dead Man Walking' (starring Sean Penn). He must love Sean Penn.