Watch Tom Cruise Scare James Corden With Top Gun Fighter Jet Experience

To promote Top Gun: Maverick, a new video sees Tom Cruise giving The Late Late Show host James Corden a terrifying flight in a fighter jet. A new video from The Late Late Show with James Corden sees the host terrified by a real fighter jet experience with Top Gun: Maverick star Tom Cruise. The actor has been promoting the new sequel to 1986’s Top Gun, which helped launch him into superstardom alongside a cast that included Val Kilmer, Tim Robbins, Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards, and Meg Ryan. Top Gun: Maverick, from TRON: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski, sees Cruise reprise his role as Capt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, with Val Kilmer also returning to the part of Tom “Iceman” Kazansky. The sequel also features several new faces in the cast, including Miles Teller, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Connelly, Monica Barbaro, Glen Powell, and Jay Ellis.

Cruise has had fun pushing The Late Late Show host Corden out of his comfort zone on previous episodes. Most notably, while promoting Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Cruise took Corden skydiving. During that experience, Corden was visibly terrified but pushed through his fears, leaping from the plane in a tandem parachute jump while Cruise jumped solo alongside him. While Corden ultimately admitted that it was a rush, he seemed content not to ever jump out of a plane again. However, Cruise appears to have found a new way to scare the late-night talk show host. A new video on Monday’s The Late Late Show with James Corden sees Cruise whisk the host away, only to reveal they are going to have a “Top Gun day,” with Cruise piloting a fighter plane with Corden set to be his passenger. Cruise begins with a leisurely flight as they take to the air, but as another plane comes in close, a simulated dog fight begins, leaving Corden screaming in terror. As the video continues, they take a volleyball break before switching planes and taking off in a fighter jet set to the sounds of Kenny Loggins’ Danger Zone.

Cruise holds several pilots licenses and various others, making him more than qualified to fly the planes seen in the video. Cruise also utilized these same skills for Top Gun: Maverick, where he piloted real jets for the film. Much like what Corden endured, Cruise’s fellow Maverick co-stars underwent the same immersion in preparation for the sequel. Top Gun: Maverick is slated to hit theaters on Friday after numerous delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Trailers for the sequel have already given audiences glimpses of the intense, practical flying stunts, and Top Gun: Maverick reviews praise it as a true summer blockbuster that needs to be experienced on the big screen. With Corden and Cruise’s history, audiences may yet see the two in another terrifying, high-octane adventure to promote Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One following the release of Top Gun: Maverick.