Original ‘Top Gun’ Star Kelly McGillis Just Dropped A Truth Bomb About Why She Wasn’t Invited Back For The Sequel

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The trailer for the highly anticipated sequel to the '80s classic Top Gun dropped a week ago, sending the internet into full-on nostalgia mode.

Top Gun: Maverick, which is set to hit theaters in July of next year, features Tom Cruise reprising his role as Lt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, a brash fighter pilot for the U.S. Navy.

30+ years in the making, it's hard to say what exactly the film will entail, but the trailer makes it clear that Maverick hasn't changed one bit. Well, besides getting older.

Top Gun: Maverick - Official Trailer (2020) - Paramount Pictures www.youtube.com

With original Top Gun cast member Val Kilmer, now 59, also re-joining the fray, many fans were hopeful that Kelly McGillis, who played Cruise's love interest back in the day, might also make an appearance.

But in an exclusive interview with Entertainment Tonight, the actress, who has shied away from the Hollywood spotlight in recent years, says that she was never even approached about doing the sequel.

And she has a hunch as to why, saying:

"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."


The 62-year-old actress added:

"But...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."

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Though she's continued to do the occasional project here and there since her heyday in the '80s and early '90s, McGillis instead decided to focus on her family, leaving the Hollywood spotlight to raise her daughters and to get sober.

Also noticeably absent from Top Gun: Maverick is Meg Ryan, now 57, who has also since mostly dropped out of the Hollywood scene since being dubbed "America's sweetheart" in the '80s and '90s following starring turns in hits like When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle.

Instead, 48-year-old Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly will star opposite 57-year-old Cruise as his main love interest in the sequel.

But there are no hard feelings with McGillis, who gave Connelly her stamp of approval, saying:

"I'm glad for her."

That doesn't mean she'll be rushing to the theater to support her old co-stars, however.

In fact, McGillis hasn't even seen the trailer.

She left things in a sort of nebulous take-it-or-leave-it area with seeing the sequel, offering:

"I'm not racing to the theater, and I'm not racing away from the theater to see it. I mean, it's just not on my little list of things that I would like to get done."

And while some fans are disappointed, many are applauding McGillis for speaking her truth and calling out Hollywood:

And, hey.

Top Gun: Maverick could've done much worse than Jennifer Connelly.


Get the original Top Gun on Blu-ray here.

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The wizarding world is now a reality.

Sort of.

A Canadian company has created a real life invisibility cloak, and it's mind-blowing to see in action.

The company, HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp., calls its creation "Quantum Stealth."

See it in action here:

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Describing themselves on their website as "Leaders in Camouflage, Concealment, and Deception", HyperStealth has patents pending on their magical invention.

The "invisibility shield" is made of an inexpensive, paper thin material that bends light to make objects appear to be invisible. The company boasts that it would be able to hide people, vehicles, and even buildings.

Humans hidden by Quantum Stealth would also be undetectable to heat-sensing cameras.

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Guy Cramer, the CEO of HyperStealth and the shield's inventor explained to CTV News:

"This is the same material that you see in 3D books and DVD covers and movie posters where by moving side to side you get a 3D image. We're using the same material and we've removed the picture from behind it to get that effect."

The material was never meant to for public use, but Cramer hopes that his invention will be helpful to Canada's military allies, including the United States.

Since releasing video demonstrations of the "invisibility cloak", military personnel have become interested in learning more about it.

Reception to the prototype, initially demonstrated to militaries in 2011, was lukewarm. But HyperStealth's recent promotional materials have since caught the attention of higher ups.

Cramer has expressed surprise about the public's interest in "Quantum Stealth" on Twitter.

Cramer admitted to CTV that he has reservations about how the material can be used:

"The intention was to keep it out of the public and to allow the military to use it sparingly or bury it. My concern is the criminal element using this at some point in the future and non-allied countries using it against our soldiers out there."

Fans of the Harry Potter series are comparing "Quantum Stealth" to Harry's Invisibility Cloak.

Featured in both the book and movies, Harry's Invisibility Cloak is a made from a magical fabric that he and his friends wear to appear invisible, usually to hide from Hogwarts' staff.


Twitter is in awe of the invention's unbelievable capabilities.

Though some people share Cramer's worries about it falling into the wrong hands and its use in warfare.

Despite the public's excitement and concerns, Cramer doubts that it will ever be available for civilian use.

When addressing "Quantum Stealth's availability to the general public, he wrote on the HyperStealth website:

"Not in the near future unless the Military decided to release the technology and I don't anticipate that will happen anytime soon."

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