Glen Powell Got Tom Cruise’s Blessing to Do ‘Devotion’ and ‘Top Gun’ – The Hollywood Reporter

When Glenn Powell decided to play real-life naval officer Tom Hudner nearly six years ago, someone else already had the screen rights to the story.

“The guy had a couple of drinks at a Hollywood party and told me he wasn’t planning on making this movie,” Powell recalled. The Hollywood Reporter At the film’s premiere on Tuesday. “And I said, ‘Do you mind if I do it?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, sure.’ So I went [author Adam Makos]And I said, ‘Hey, if you’ll let me have this, I promise I’ll say it in the best way possible.

Based on the novel by Makos Bhakti: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship and SacrificeThe film follows the true story of Navy aviator duo Lt. Hudner (Powell) and Ensign Jesse Brown (Jonathan Majors) — the Navy’s first black carrier pilots — during the Korean War.

“I knew it [this story] An opportunity arose when Glenn Powell approached me,” Makos recalled. “I had to Google him because Glenn wasn’t the actor he is now. He wasn’t a superstar yet. Powell’s test was to meet Hudner, the actor with the Brown family,” Makos said.

“Next thing you know, Glenn and I have Tom waffles at the kitchen table,” the author said. “They treated him like a grandfather.”

A breakout is coming out of character Top Gun: Maverick As bad boy pilot Jake “Hangman” Ceresin, Powell knows the unlikely coincidence of starring in two naval aviation movies in one year. when Top Gun When the opportunity came, the actor recalled that he had to make a tough decision whether to pursue both projects or not. Tom Cruise’s support helped pave the way for Powell’s role Top Gun Sequel

“I said, ‘Hey, Tom, I already have a naval aviation movie that’s close to my heart,'” Powell recalled. “And Tom said, ‘There’s room for two. You can Top Gunyou can do Bhakti. You don’t have to choose.’ Tom gave me the freedom to do both, Black Label and Sony gave me the freedom to do both – I think these two films couldn’t be more different, but really complement the love of aviation. The legacy of our men and women in uniform.

“I was afraid of it Top Gun It was going to derail this when he was given that role,” Makos said of his reservations at the time. “I thought, ‘Jeez, he’s going for it. He’s leaving us. Because who doesn’t want to act with Tom Cruise?

With Cruise’s blessing, the role of Hangman Top Gun: Maverick was born – a character unlike Hudner’s – and Powell moved on Bhakti.

Glenn Powell, Jonathan Majors and Michael B. Jordan attends the Los Angeles premiere of Sony Pictures Bhakti November 15, 2022 at the Regency Village Theater in Los Angeles, California.

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Directed by JD Dillard, the film also stars Majors, who plays Brown. Dillard — whose own father served as a Navy flight officer — noted that Majors and Powell’s off-screen bond mirrors their relationship as wingmen on screen.

“I’m so thankful I caught those men,” Dillard said. “They’ve become brothers and friends in the process, but they’re incredible actors … The two of them bring such life and nuance and richness to these characters, and now they’re enormous. They’ve always been on that path, but to watch it happen — I’m so excited for them.”

With upcoming roles Creed III And Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantummania, the Majors took a different approach in his preparation to play Brown. “For me, when you play someone who walks and talks and loves in real life, it’s all about inspiration,” Majors said of his process. “You’re not using much imagination. It’s inspiration – we’re in the acting class now – it has the same amount of energy, it allows you to process it differently. You have to find out what motivates [Brown] The most. It’s clearly flight, but what inspires him about flight? Where do you find that inspiration? When he holds his daughter up, he understands what’s really in the air, so you’re looking for those things. It is a silent process because you have to listen to what is not relevant.

Joe Jonas attends the Los Angeles premiere of Sony Pictures "Bhakti" November 15, 2022 at the Regency Village Theater in Los Angeles, California.

Joe Jonas attends the Los Angeles premiere of Sony Pictures at Regency Village Theater on November 15, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

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Joe Jonas makes his big screen debut as real-life naval officer Marty Goode. Jonas — whose grandfather served in the military — prepared for the role by studying Goode’s photos and listening to his voice. After production ended, Dillard asked Jonas if he would be willing to write an end-credits song.

“I saw [the film in its early stages] Along with my friend Ryan Tedder and there was a grand piano in the screening room, and we started writing the song,” Jonas recalled of creating the track “Not Alone.” The inspiration was “somebody being there, whether you’re there physically or spiritually, whatever it is, and the importance of that. It really took a lot of digging through the layers to make sure everything hit the right way I wanted. I’m very proud of how it came together. “

Regarding his acting career, Jonas said he would “love to do more,” saying, “It’s definitely my passion. I’m producing some stuff. I’ve talked about some projects with Black Label Media, developing some stuff, so it’s going to be a busy year.

Bhakti It will hit theaters on November 23.

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