Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton and actor Tom Cruise are known to be good friends, with the latter a regular guest in the Mercedes garage during races.
It turns out that they could have been spending time together on a movie set rather than just at Hamilton’s place of work.
Hamilton spoke about the actor during a long interview with Vanity Fair, where he opened up about various barriers during his life and career.
It turns out he was on the verge of becoming an actor as Cruise offered him a role in the film ‘Top Gun: Maverick’, something that Hamilton was very excited about and would have gladly accepted since he is a fan of the first instalment of the film.
He first saw ‘Top Gun’ when he was very young and wanted to try out what it was like to be a fighter pilot.
When he heard about the sequel, he didn’t hesitate for a second. And he took advantage of his friendship with the actor to try to make the move to the big screen on his own.
Hamilton came close to appearing in film ‘Top Gun: Maverick’
“When I heard the second one was coming out, I was like, ‘Oh, my God, I have to ask him’,” Hamilton recalled.
“I don’t care what role it is. I’ll even sweep something, be a cleaner in the back.”
Cruise said yes and offered the chance for Hamilton to be one of the pilots rather than a housekeeper.
But, the reason for the collaboration not coming to fruition was a scheduling issue, by Hamilton’s own admission.
He realised that the film would be shot during much of the Formula 1 season and he couldn’t afford to miss a single race, nor could he risk losing the concentration it takes to fight for a championship.
So he had to say no, but not before thinking long and hard about it because he really is a fan of the film.
“It was the most upsetting phone call I think I’ve ever had,” Hamilton said of his admission to Cruise that he couldn’t take part.