Video: Why You’re Wrong About ‘Top Gun’

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Maverick was a phony.

So says Amy Nicholson in our latest video essay collaboration about Top Gun (See our previous discussion of Synecdoche, New YorkPart 1 and Part 2). Nicholson, who’s recently published an enjoyable and insightful biography of Tom Cruise, believes that Maverick wasn’t actually a tough guy – he was just a scared kid playing a tough guy.

Hit the jump to check out the Why You’re Wrong About Top Gun video essay and see if you’re convinced.
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