“Normally I don’t talk that much about new movies because I’m forced to only say good things, but in this case I love The ultimate weapon, the Maverick movie. I thought it was fantastic,” Tarantino said. “I saw it in the theater. It was, as our good mutual friend Brett Easton Ellis says, whatever [Steven] Spielberg Western history both provided a true cinematic spectacle the likes of which I almost thought I would never see again. It was wonderful.”
“It wasn’t that big of a concern,” the director said. “I think if he was going to do it, he’s handling it well.” But I asked him and I said, “How are you?” The ultimate weapon without Tony Scott? And he says, “I know. Look, I know. You’re right. That’s why I said, “No.” I’ve been saying no all these years for exactly that reason, [but] we figured out a way. We came up with a good story.”
Tarantino then explained.
“There was just such a lovely, lovely aspect, because I love Tony Scott’s cinema so much and I love Tony so much that [Top Gun: Maverick is] so close to seeing another Tony Scott movie,” Tarantino said. “[Director Joseph Kosinski] did a great job. Respect and love for Tony was in every frame. It was in almost every solution. It was deliberately there, but in this really cool way, it was really respectful. And I think that was in every decision Tom made [Cruise] made into a film’.
Tarantino reiterated, “This is the closest we’ll ever get to another Tony Scott film, and it was amazing.
Tarantino also called the scene Cruise shares with Val Kilmer “almost too cheap, but it works… It’s totally right.”
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