'Top Gun' Lead Actor Reveals Why She Thinks She Isn't In The Sequel
Despite being one of the lead actors in the original 'Top Gun' film, Kelly McGillis told 'Entertainment Tonight' she wasn't asked to be part of the sequel.
The 62-year-old actor played Charlie Blackwood in the original film alongside Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer, where she was also Cruise's love interest in the film.
Despite being a core part of the original, McGillis told 'ET' she hadn't even been asked by 'Top Gun: Maverick' director Joseph Kosinski to be part of the film -- but also admitted she wasn't that interested either.
The original 'ET' story reportedly quoted McGillis as saying the reason she believed she wasn't invited back for the sequel was: "I'm old, and I'm fat, and I look age-appropriate for what my age is, and that is not what that whole scene is about.
"I'd much rather feel absolutely secure in my skin and who and what I am at my age, as opposed to placing a value on all that other stuff," the quote continued. After being reported by many other outlets, it appears 'ET' removed the original comments from McGillis.
Back in 2013, McGillis told 'ET' revisiting her films she rarely goes back to re-watch 'Top Gun' or her older films, but during a screening for a fundraiser of one of her movies she was confronted by her own sense of insecurity from her past.
"What I thought the whole time was, 'Why did I think I was so fat and why did I think I was so ugly?' I really had issues," she said.
Speaking about if she would appear in any of the promotional events for the sequel, McGillis added that she hadn't been asked to be involved, but if she were to be asked she'd need to think about several factors first.
"Movies are odd things. I don't really keep in touch with anybody," she added, "I think I've spoken to a couple of people occasionally, but the truth is, movies are very odd work situations because you have a lot of people who come together from all different parts of the world."
Cruise revealed 'Top Gun: Maverick' would feature actor Jennifer Connelly, to which McGillis responded, "I'm glad for her".
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