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Glen Powell says he threw up preparing for high-octane aviation scenes in Top Gun: Maverick


Glen Powell says he threw up preparing for high-octane aviation scenes in Top Gun: Maverick

Glen Powell said that he threw up during a rambunctious sequence as he got acclimated to flying in jets in preparation for Top Gun: Maverick.

The 33-year-old actor, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live Tuesday, said that he was seated in the back of a jet when the pilot made multiple upside-down moves through California’s Star Wars Canyon.

The Austin, Texas native described the sequence of events to Kimmel that led to the stomach-turning incident.

The latest: Glen Powell, 33, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live Tuesday, said that he threw up during a rambunctious sequence as he got acclimated to flying in jets in preparation for Top Gun: Maverick

The latest: Glen Powell, 33, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live Tuesday, said that he threw up during a rambunctious sequence as he got acclimated to flying in jets in preparation for Top Gun: Maverick

‘We’re flying like 100 feet off the ground – 500 knots,’ said Powell, who plays Hangman in the forthcoming summer blockbuster film. ‘Weaving through these canyons, you invert, you re-orient, you come back, you drop a bomb, you pull up, seven and a half Gs.

‘And you’re doing it over and over and over. And at one point, I was like, “OK, I’m gonna puke.”‘

Powell said that he did his best to resist upchucking in the aircraft, as he ‘didn’t want to embarrass himself’ to the naval aviator flying the aircraft.

‘I’m like the actor in the back of the plane, I didn’t want to be that guy,’ said Powell, who has also been seen in films such as Hidden Figures, Everybody Wants Some!! and The Dark Knight Rises.

The Austin, Texas native described the sequence of events to Kimmel that led to the stomach-turning incident

The Austin, Texas native described the sequence of events to Kimmel that led to the stomach-turning incident

Powell said that he was seated in the back of a jet when the pilot made multiple upside-down moves through California's Star Wars Canyon

Powell said that he was seated in the back of a jet when the pilot made multiple upside-down moves through California’s Star Wars Canyon

Powell said he reassured the pilot he would be ‘good’ and ‘ready to rock and roll,’ at which point he could no longer hold back.

Powell said the pilot could not hear him because he’d taken off his mask, which had a microphone in it.

‘As I’m violently puking in this bag, I just hear in my comms, “Well buddy, if you’re ready to rock and roll, let’s rock and roll.” And he just inverts the plane, pulls down. 

Powell said that he wound up 'violently' vomiting after he couldn't take the nausea any further

Powell said that he wound up ‘violently’ vomiting after he couldn’t take the nausea any further 

Powell, who has also been seen in films such as Hidden Figures, Everybody Wants Some!! and The Dark Knight Rises, plays Hangman in the forthcoming summer blockbuster film

Powell, who has also been seen in films such as Hidden Figures, Everybody Wants Some!! and The Dark Knight Rises, plays Hangman in the forthcoming summer blockbuster film

‘And so I’m just puking into the campy and I’m looking at the ground here, and the puke that I just puked is being puked back into my face.’

Kimmel joked, ‘Oh, a recirculation.’

Powell concluded: ‘That’s what it’s like to make Top Gun.’

Top Gun: Maverick, which also features Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, Val Kilmer and Jon Hamm, will open in theaters May 27.

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