The Reason Meg Ryan Was Banned From The Top Gun Sequel

Meg Ryan’s early career has firmly anchored its roots in the soap opera genre. She had a recurring role on “As The World Turns” as Betsy Stewart, per IMDb† But it was her stint in “Top Gun” which launched her film career. Fans of the iconic ’80s classic will remember Ryan playing Carole Bradshaw. She was the wife of Nick “Goose” Bradshaw (played by Anthony Edwards), best friend of Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (played by Tom Cruise).

Interestingly, Ryan delivered one of the most iconic lines in the entire movie. In a scene where Goose and Maverick sing “Great Balls of Fire” at the piano, Carole calls her husband out of a box. “Hey Goose, you big stud,” she yells. “I am, honey,” he replies. Carole then beeps, “Take me to bed or lose me forever.” Good sport he is, Goose replies, “Show me the way home, honey.”

In the upcoming reboot, Maverick shows Goose’s son, Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw (played by Miles Teller), how to act as a naval pilot. Fans of “Top Gun” will remember that Goose was killed in a tragic accident, leaving his wife and son behind. But in the Trailer “Top Gun: Maverick”, Rooster tells Maverick, “My father believed in you. I’m not going to make the same mistake.” If Goose’s son still holds a grudge, how does his widow feel? Well, fans may never find out because Ryan isn’t starring in the new movie. Now the director has finally made it clear why she isn’t in the sequel.

‘Top Gun’ Director Explains Why Meg Ryan Won’t Return

While there are many nods to the original 1986 “Top Gun,” the director wanted to move the story forward. Director Joseph Kosinski explained the decision not to include Meg Ryan’s character, Carole Bradshaw, in the new film. He told Insider that Ryan and Kelly McGillis aren’t starring in “Top Gun: Maverick” because “those weren’t stories we were lying around.” Kosinski pointed out that, in addition to Val Kilmer returning as “Iceman” Kazansky, the storyline includes a nod to Nick “Goose” Bradshaw. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell becomes one of Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw’s instructors and, according to the trailer, there seems to be some tension between the two. The director revealed, “I didn’t want every storyline to always look back.” He continued, “It was important to introduce some new characters.”

Ryan hasn’t spoken out about the “Top Gun” sequel, but she’s been promoting her new venture on InstagramVariety reports that the actor and David Duchovny are teaming up in “What Happens Later,” a rom-com set to be released in 2023. After directing her first movie, “Ithaca,” Ryan . told Vanity Fair in 2016: “Love the behind-the-scenes thing. Really. Acting for a while was really fun and it still is — but directing is even more so.” Let’s hope “What Happens After” inspires Ryan to spend more time in front of the camera again.

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