Top Gun’ Volleyball Scene Nearly Cost Tony Scott His Job: “They Were Really Angry

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One of the most famous Top Gun scenes so upset Paramount executives that late film director Tony Scott could have lost his job, as per the Oscar-nominated editors that collaborated on the film in 1986

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The famous volleyball scene with sparkling Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer remains a pop interest for over more than 36 years

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For the sake of capturing this magic of the scene, Scott took a whole day to film what that the studio had not anticipated of the film, given that it's just one paragraph long on the screenplay.

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"That scene was scripted to be an actual gaming scenario," Editor Chris Lebenzon discusses in this episode of the THR's Behind the Screen podcast.

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"They kept track of the score and everything else, and Tony did it as commercial and the studio was furious." 

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The editor added fellow colleague Billy Weber: "The studio was so angry. The producer's head, Charlie McGuire, he told me,

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"I'm going to fire him" because he spent the entire day filming the scene." Weber as well as Lebenzon are taking a look back to celebrate their release date of Top Gun: Maverick

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the long-awaited sequel which set an Memorial Day record at the box office over the weekend.

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The pair were eligible for nomination to the Academy Award for their work on Top Gun, which received an overall four nominations.

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The film also won an Oscar for the love song, "Take My Breath Away," which was performed by the group Berlin.

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Weber and Lebenzon collaborated together Scott and Scott on Days of Thunder and on Martin Brest's Midnight Run.

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Reflects Weber on the fury over the volleyball incident: "And then of course it turns out that it's among the film's most well-known scenes from the film."

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