Tom Cruise appears to have broken a career-long habit of making himself look as tall as his co-stars, eagle-eye Top Gun: Maverick fans have noticed.
The actor, 59, who plays Lt. Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell in the film, has a 5ft 7in stature, and often uses visual tricks to make himself match up to the height of the other taller members of the cast.
But, in the sequel to the 1986 movie about fighter jet pilots, no effort has been made to change the appearance of Tom’s height.
All change: Tom Cruise appears to have broken a career-long habit of making himself look as tall as his co-stars, eagle-eye Top Gun: Maverick fans have noticed
Hollywood heavyweight Tom is visibly shorter than 6ft 1in Miles Teller, who plays Lieutenant Bradley ‘Rooster’ Bradshaw, in the flick.
Bradley is the son of Maverick’s late best friend Nick ‘Goose’ Bradshaw, who was played by Anthony Edwards in the original film, who is 6ft 2in tall.
However, well executed camera angles were used to ensure Tom did not look shorter in the first movie.
Trickery: The actor, 59, who plays Lt. Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell, has a 5ft 7in stature, and often uses visual tricks to make himself match up to the height of the other taller members of the cast (seen In a publicity shot for the 1986 original film with 5ft 10in Kelly McGillis)
Working her angles: Kelly is seen leaning back and raising her leg in a bid to being her head down to the same height as Tom’s
In a publicity shot for the original film, 5ft 10in Kelly McGillis is seen leaning on Tom’s shoulder on closer inspection, but at a quick glance she appears to be of a similar height to the star with the tops of their heads at the same level.
Taking to Twitter after noticing Tom embrace his height, one movie fan wrote: ‘Thank you to Top Gun: Maverick for not even attempting to make Tom Cruise look taller and just letting Mav be the short king he is.’
Someone else wrote: ‘Best part about the new Top Gun was that they fully committed to embracing Tom Cruise for the short king he is.’
Taller in more ways: Tom Cruise stars alongside Jennifer Connelly in the latest Top Gun flick, with Tom looking taller than Jennifer in this particular shot
While another person posted: ‘I like how Tom Cruise said f**k it and decided not to do any forced perspective to match anyone’s height in Top Gun Mav.
‘When you are an actor who flies a jet and stick yourself to a plane for a stunt, how tall you look on the screen is the least of your concern.’
And someone else shared: ‘Top Gun: Maverick is my Black Panther (Tom Cruise is visibly 5’7. they let him be short).’
Short king: Tom is visibly shorter than Jennifer on the red carpet of the film’s global premiere in San Diego, California where the pair posed with Miles Teller
Top Gun: Maverick is still soaring at the box office with the film bringing in more than $86 million domestically in the US in its second weekend, for a $291 million total.
The film dropped just 32% from its opening weekend making it the lowest drop off ever for a film that opened at $100+ million, according to Deadline.
Deadline noted that Shrek 2 saw a -33 percent drop off while The Force Awakens came in at -40 percent in weekend two.
Will the real Tom please stand up: Top Gun fans took to Twitter to express their delight that Tom had embraced his real height
The new film’s global total sits at $548.6 million after just two weeks out in theaters.
However, its earnings are expected to drop off soon with the release of the newest Jurassic World film, which will fill up many IMAX theaters and monopolize other more lucrative premium formats.
Top Gun: Maverick is well on its way to becoming Cruise’s highest grossing film ever globally.
Historic: The film dropped just 32 percent from its opening weekend making it the lowest drop off ever for a film that opened at $100+ million, according to Deadline; Tom Cruise and Monica Barbaro on the set of Top Gun: Maverick
Big money: The new film’s global total sits at $548.6 million after just two weeks out in theaters; still from Top Gun: Maverick
Mission: Impossible — Fallout made $791.6 million at the global box office and currently holds the top spot in the New York native’s career.
The film has made more than $257 million globally in 64 markets though this does not include South Korea, where the film won’t open until June 23, or Russia and China.
According to The Numbers, Top Gun: Maverick dwarfed every other film at the domestic box office this weekend.
So much more: According to The Numbers, Top Gun: Maverick (pictured) dwarfed every other film at the domestic box office this weekend