Actor Danny Ramirez talks ‘Top Gun: Maverick,' working with Tom Cruise

Danny Ramirez shared what it was like seeing the film for the first time.
5:34 | 05/27/22

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Transcript for Actor Danny Ramirez talks ‘Top Gun: Maverick,' working with Tom Cruise
HE IS AN AMAZING PERSON. THANKS SO MUCH. MICHAEL, OVER TO YOU. >> THANKS, CECILIA. >>> NOW TO WHAT IS EXPECTED TO BE ONE OF THIS SUMMER'S BIGGEST MOVIES, ANALYSTS ARE PREDICTING "TOP GUN: MAVERICK" COULD SOAR TO NEW HEIGHTS AT THE BOX OFFICE THIS WEEKEND AND WE ARE THRILLED TO HAVE ONE OF THE MOVIE STARS HERE WITH US THIS MORNING. DANNY RAMIREZ, GOOD MORNING. WELCOME TO "GMA." MAN. >> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME. THIS IS COOL. >> IT'S GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE. I'VE SEEN THE FILM. I LOVED THE FILM. THEY'RE PROBABLY SINKING OF ME SAYING THAT. >> YOU GOT TO KEEP SAYING IT. YOU GOT TO. >> I WILL AND ROTTEN APPLES OR ROTTEN TOMATOES ARE SAYING IT TOO, 97% ON ROTTEN TOMATOES. YOU'VE SEEN IT SEVERAL TYPES IN THE THEATER WITH OTHER PEOPLE AND AN AUDIENCE, WHAT'S THE REACTION BEEN? >> IT'S FELT LIKE 100% AND I THINK ONCE YOU GO TO THE THEATER AND WATCH IT, LIKE THE ENERGY IS SO INFECTIOUS THAT I THINK IT'S SIX TIMES I'VE SEEN IT AND EVERY SINGLE TIME LIKE TOM, JOE, JERRY, EVERYONE KNEW HOW TO LIKE GUIDE THE AUDIENCE SO WELL THAT YOU START SEEING LIKE JUST ROARS AT THE SAME TIMES AND THEY JUST BECOME THIS COMMUNITY EVENT. IT'S BEEN WONDERFUL TO WATCH. >> AND YOU WEREN'T BORN WHEN THE FIRST "TOP GUN" CAME OUT, MAN. >> MY AGE, MAN. >> I FEEL LIKE AN OLD MAN. WHAT WAS IT LIKE FOR YOU WHEN YOU SAW THE ORIGINAL. >> I WAS A COLLEGE SOPHOMORE AND ON THE LIST OF ALL-TIME CLASSICS AND ONCE I MOVED ON FROM SOCCER TO ACTING I WAS LIKE LET ME WATCH THIS MOVIE AND I SAW IT AND I WAS JUST LIKE, OH, THIS IS REAL. THIS IS LIKE -- AND I THOUGHT, LIKE IF THEY EVER MADE A SEQUEL I'D LOVE TO BE A PART OF IT BUT IT HAD ALREADY BEEN 20 SOMETHING YEARS AND WHEN IT CAME ACROSS AS AN AUDITION, I MANIFESTED THIS, YOU KNOW. >> AND HERE YOU ARE. >> HERE I AM, MAN. >> CONGRATS. IT REALLY IS AMAZING. WHEN YOU GOT THIS JOB YOU HAD TO SIGN A WAIVER SAYING YOU WEREN'T AFRAID TO FLY TO DO ALL THIS TRAINING FOR THE MOVIE BUT YOU LIED. >> YOU'RE EXPOSING ON NATIONAL TV BUT, YEAH, I LIED. I'M SORRY. IT WAS TOO BIG OF AN AUDITION NOT TO LIKE, YOU KNOW, TO BE LIKE, ARE YOU AFRAID OF FLYING, NO. BECAUSE LIKE IF I EVER TOOK A COMMERCIAL FLIGHT I'D HAVE TO TAKE A COUPLE OF GLASSES OF WINE, MY BOSE HEADPHONES, THE CALM APP AND MEDITATE THROUGH -- >> HOW DID YOU GET THROUGH IT. >> I DIDN'T KNOW WE WOULD BE UP ON F-18s UNTIL I GOT THE CALL. YOU'RE GOING TO GET ON THE CESSNA AND THE 300 AND AT THE SAME TIME YOU'LL TAKE SWIMMING LESSONS WITH THE OPEN WATER COACH AND L-39 AND F-18 AND I WAS LIKE, YEAH, UH-HUH AND THEN I SHOW UP AND TOM LIKE CREATED THIS SCHOOL SO METICULOUSLY TO LIKE FOR A NATURAL PROGRESSION OF LIKE NOT KNOWING WHAT TO DO IN THE AIR TO THEN LIKE AT THE END -- BY THE END OF MY TIME I WAS JUST OBSESSED SO ONCE I LEARNED THE ACADEMICS WHAT CREATES LIFT, IT KIND OF LIKE DISPELLED THAT FEAR FOR ME AND THEN NOW I'M JUST LIKE WAITING TO GO BACK UP IN THE AIR. >> OH, NOW YOU'RE A PILOT. >> YEAH. >> A PILOT NOW. I'VE SEEN IT. I'LL LET EVERYBODY ELSE CHECK YOU OUT. HERE IS A PREVIEW. CHECK OUT THIS CLIP. >> YOU SEE HIM? >> ON THE RADAR UP AHEAD. HE MUST BE SOMEWHERE BEHIND US. � � WE DON'T GET FOOLED AGAIN � >> MAVERICK, LET'S TRY NOT TO GET FIRED ON THE FIRST DAY. >> MAVERICK IS COMING IN. BREAK LEFT. >> I CAN'T STOP SMILING WHEN I SEE THAT. IT MAKES ME SO HAPPY, MAN. WHAT WAS IT LIKE WORKING WITH TOM CRUISE? >> I COULDN'T STOP SMILING. IT WAS A DREAM. IT'S -- I ALWAYS WANTED TO WORK WITH HIM BUT I DIDN'T THINK IT WOULD BE THIS EARLY IN MY CAREER SO TO BE A PART OF THE FILM WHERE IT MIRRORED REAL LIFE WHERE HE WAS MENTORING US ON THE SIDELINE. HE WAS NOT ONLY MAVERICK FOR US BUT HE WAS ALSO A COACH AND HE WAS GUIDING US THROUGH LEARNING ABOUT HOW TO FRAME A SHOT TO FILM HISTORY TO JUST ANY ACTING QUESTIONS WE HAD. HE WAS A MENTOR THROUGH AND THROUGH AND EVEN NOW WE JOKE ABOUT THIS, WHENEVER I SENT LIKE A PROJECT I'M WORKING ON OR A PITCH, TOM REPLIES FASTER THAN GLEN OR JAY OR MONICA OR -- HE'S THE FIRST ONE TO REPLY AND HE'S JUST LIKE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PUSHING THE MEDIUM FORWARD IS WHAT HE INSTILLED IN ALL OF US AND WE WALKED AWAY READY TO HIT THE GROUND RUNNING. >> GREAT TO HAVE SOMEBODY LIKE THAT. SUCH A PROVEN PROFESSIONAL. AND WE KNOW, PEOPLE MAY RECOGNIZE YOU ASOMU JOAQUIN FRO "THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER." TELL US ABOUT SEASON TWO. ANY POSSIBLE NEWS ON A SEASON TWO. >> SEASON TWO, SEASON THREE, FOUR, I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING OTHER THAN IT'S AN EXCITING FAMILY TO BE A PART OF AS WELL. IF ANYTHING HAPPENS I JUST -- NOW THAT I'VE DONE "TOP GUN: MAVERICK" I GOT TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO DO ALL MY STUNTS PRACTICALLY. YOU KNOW, I CAN'T GO IN FRONT OF A GREEN SCREEN NOW. >> BE SAFE, MAN. BE SAFE. DON'T BE CRAZY. >> SKYDIVING. >> MARVEL HAS YOU GUYS SO GOOD AT NOT ANSWERING THE QUESTION WHEN YOU GET ASKED SOMETHING ABOUT THE SOLDIER. >> YOU GOT TO JUST -- YOU KNOW, RIGHT NOW SITTING IN FRONT OF YOU I FEEL SO AFRAID IF I WAS AN OFFENSIVE LINEMAN DURING YOUR ENTIRE CAREER, THIS IS WHAT IT MUST HAVE BEEN LIKE. >> I WOULD TAKE IT EASY ON YOU. >> NO, YOU WOULD NOT. IT WOULD BE LIKE TEN G-FORCES, THAT IMPACT WOULD BE, MAN. >> PLEASURE TO HAVE YOU HERE AND THE MOVIE IS FANTASTIC AND YOU'RE FANTASTIC IN IT. DO YOURSELF A FAVOR GO SEE IT,

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