A “big deal” led Lady Gaga to come aboard the project and pen the ballad “Hold My Hand.”
The sky just isn’t big enough for these dueling airmen. Twenty-One Pilots frontman Tyler Joseph has alleged that producer and ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ star Tom Cruise “fired” the band from the following film’s soundtrack.
Joseph explained on Los Angeles-based radio station KROQ that he thought his Grammy-winning two-person band were flying high after they were hired by Paramount Pictures to contribute to the soundtrack for “Top Gun 2. “. However, Joseph said Cruise was not a fan of the sound of the pilots.
“I was working with the music placement manager for the new ‘Top Gun’ on writing a new song for them, and then I believe Tom Cruise came along and kicked everybody out,” Joseph said. “Have you seen that new ‘Top Gun’ thing he’s got? The trailer has been out for about three years, so there were a few revisions, and I was one of them, so they moved on.
Joseph noted that he “saw a few scenes” from the film but did not begin writing material until the multiple release date delays due to the pandemic. “Top Gun: Maverick” is now premiering at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival before landing in theaters on May 27.
“It was actually pretty soon after they brought me in to show me parts of the movie and what they were looking for and everything,” Joseph added. “Then I learned that there was like a wholesale exchange.”
This “swap” included Lady Gaga aboard the film as a score contributor along with Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer, Lorne Balfe and Harold Faltermeyer. The Oscar-winning actor also dropped the original song “Hold My Hand” for the highly anticipated sequel, which is set 30 years after the 1986 original.
“When I wrote this song for ‘Top Gun: Maverick,’ I didn’t even realize the multiple layers it covered through the heart of the film, my own psyche, and the nature of the world we lived in” , Gaga said. when the single was announced. “This song is a love letter to the world during and after a very difficult time.”
Cruise praised Gaga’s dedication to the film during “The Late Late Show,” saying the song “opened up the whole movie” and grounded the “emotional core” of the epic film.
“The song she wrote just fell in and became, really, the underlying score and the heartbeat of our movie,” Cruise said.
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