Kelly McGillis stood tall in 'Top Gun'

Statuesque actress Kelly McGillis had to make herself small around Tom Cruise.
BY GENE TRIPLETT etriplett@opubco.com Published: February 8, 2013
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The film also starred Val Kilmer as “Iceman,” Anthony Edwards as “Goose,” Tom Skerritt as “Viper,” Barry Tubb as “Wolfman” and Meg Ryan as Carole. Most of the locations were in and around the San Diego area and its Naval Training Center.

“The film was just a really enjoyable experience,” McGillis said. “I mean working with everybody was really wonderful. All of us hung out together after hours, except for Val and Tom. They lived in a different place. But all of the rest of us, we lived in kind of the same hotel complex, and we all hung out and went to the beach together, went to dinner, you know, it was nice. There was quite a lot of camaraderie on that set, which was nice.”

And McGillis had nothing but praise for her leading man, even though he didn't hang out with everyone else at the beach.

“He is such a nice guy and he's very kind and generous and respectful,” McGillis said. “It was just fun. It was really fun working with Tom. I enjoyed it a lot.”

And, she added, “There've been a lot of men that I've worked with that I don't wear shoes with.”