Top Gun star Tom Cruise followed through on his promise to provide the Ohio State University marching band with a private film screening of the movie sequel Top Gun: Maverick.
Cruise was so impressed with a November halftime tribute to the film that he sent gifts and a letter of praise in December.
“The Top Gun tribute was fantastic. What a phenomenal performance — thank you!” Cruise wrote in his letter. “I’d love for you all to be my guests for a special screening of Top Gun: Maverick in Columbus this Spring. And best of luck to The Ohio State University in the Rose Bowl.”
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On Friday, members of last year’s marching band will reportedly attend a screening of the sequel held on Ohio State’s campus.
The marching band performed the Top Gun tribute on Nov. 13 during the halftime of the game against Purdue. The performance featured a medley of songs including “Top Gun Anthem,” “Mighty Wings,” “Playing With the Boys,” “Lead Me On," “Take My Breath Away," “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” and “Danger Zone.”
During the performance, the band created formations of a fighter jet and Cruise’s iconic aviator glasses. It also spelled “Top Gun” and “Maverick,” the nickname of Cruise’s character.
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The film is set to be released in theaters on May 27.