Glen Powell Says Tom Cruise Once Pretended to Lose Control of Their Helicopter as a Prank

Glen Powell may not be getting into a helicopter with Tom Cruise again anytime soon.

In an interview with British GQ Hype, 35 years old Hit Man the actor revealed that Cruise, 61, once pretended to lose control of a helicopter while piloting it with Powell as his passenger.

According to the media, the prank happened when the two were returning to London after reshooting for Top Gun: Maverick at Pinewood Studios, about 18 miles outside the English capital.

“Tom goes, ‘Oh no, oh no,’ and starts to land the helicopter over London,” Powell recalled Cruise’s joke. “I thought, ‘Am I going to be the unnamed guy dying with Tom in a chimney in the middle of London?’ ”

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Glen Powell entered Top Gun: Maverick (2022).

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Powell also talked about having his own pilot’s license GQ interview, joking, “I thought I could be Tom Cruise.”

“He has a helicopter and flies real planes. If I have to jump to New York or Texas, in this SR-22, it will take me forever,” he added Scream queens alum.

Powell played Lt. Jake “The Hangman” Seresin in 2022 Maverickthe long-awaited sequel to Cruise’s 1986 hit Top Gun. In the more recent film, Cruise reprized his role as Navy officer Pete “Maverick” Mitchell more than three decades after the premiere of the first film.

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Maverick follows Cruise’s title character as he trains a new generation of pilots, including Powell’s character and Miles Teller’s Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw, for a top-secret, dangerous mission.

Christopher McQuarrie, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Danny Ramirez, Glen Powell, Miles Teller, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Jay Ellis, Lewis Pullman, Greg Tarzan Davis, director Joseph Kosinski and producer David Ellison attend the Royal Film Screening and UK Premiere of "Top Gun: Maverick"

From L: Christopher McQuarrie, Jerry Bruckheimer, Danny Ramirez, Glen Powell, Miles Teller, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Jay Ellis, Lewis Pullman, Greg Tarzan Davis, director Joseph Kosinski and David Ellison at the UK premiere of the film Top Gun: Maverick in London on May 19, 2022 Anthony Sinclair/Getty Images Glen Powell jokes about his future at Top Gun Franchise: ‘It’s all confidential’

Powell previously revealed that Cruise talked him into signing up Maverick after initially auditioning for the Teller role but not getting it and initially not being interested after that.

“[Tom and I] We sat down for a few hours and talked about his life and career and how he chooses films and how he develops roles and things like that.” Anyone but you star told PEOPLE in April 2022.

“It was really a series of those conversations that convinced me that this could be a role that could actually be exciting, that I could have some creative license. I could make it my own and do something that could be really special.”

“I have to give Tom credit, a lot of times people just try to get you on the hook to get you in a movie and none of the promises are fulfilled,” he continued. “But he delivered on every one of those promises. And I’m really proud of the movie and I’m proud of my role in it.”

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Hit Man is on Netflix June 7.

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