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‘Top Gun’ star Kelly McGillis claims being ‘old and fat’ is reason she wasn’t asked to be in sequel

A formation of U.S. Navy Grumman F-14A Tomcats of Fighter Squadron 51 (VF-51) "Screaming Eagles" and VF-111 "Sundowners", and Northrop F-5E/F Tiger IIs of the Navy Fighter Weapons School. These units represented a vital part of the U.S. Navy's participation in the 1986 feature-film "Top Gun", providing the aerial dogfighting sequences that were a defining trademark of this movie. Note the fictitious markings on the tail of at least one of the F-14s. (LCdr. David Baranak/U.S. Navy)

Unrealistic Hollywood beauty standards may be to blame for “Top Gun” star Kelly McGillis not being asked to appear in the upcoming sequel, the actress suggests.

She told “Entertainment Tonight” that those behind “Top Gun: Maverick,” due out next June, likely didn’t reach out to her because she’s “old and fat.”

“Oh my God, no,” McGillis, now 62, told ET of whether she was contacted for the film. “They did not and nor do I think they would ever. I mean, 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.”

“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,” she added.

McGillis starred as an astrophysicist and the love interest of Tom Cruise’s character in “Top Gun,” the 1986 hit action drama about naval aviator Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Cruise).

“Maverick” brings back Cruise, 57, but will see Jennifer Connelly, 48, step into the role of Maverick’s love interest.

McGillis says she hasn’t seen the trailer for the sequel yet, and isn’t sure if she’ll see the film. “It depends on what kind of reviews it gets,” she shared. “I’m not racing to the theater and I’m not racing away from the theater to see it. It’s just not on my little list of things that I would like to get done.”


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