Lady Gaga’s ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ music video for the ballad ‘Hold My Hand’ has Tom Cruise crying. “Hold My Hand,” according to Cruise, is crucial to the “emotional core” of the “Top Gun” sequel, which hits theaters on May 27.
Despite Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) flying high once more, the death of Goose (Anthony Edwards) haunts the “Top Gun” movie.
Lady Gaga’s original song “Hold My Hand” will be featured in the sequel to the hit 1986 film “Top Gun: Maverick,” which will be released in theaters on May 27. The melancholy music video for the song was unveiled on May 6 by the “House of Gucci” star ahead of the Cannes premiere of “Top Gun: Maverick” in a few weeks.
Gaga was shot singing the powerful track at an airstrip in the desert by director Joseph Kosinski. Goose’s terrible death is revisited in flashbacks from the original film, directed by Tony Scott, while Cruise’s Maverick comforts him. Maverick is now preparing a detachment of TOPGUN grads, including Goose’s son Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller) aka Rooster, for a perilous, specialized mission 30 years after the original.
“I see that you’re bleeding / You don’t need to show me again,” the song’s lyrics say. But if you desire to, I’ll accompany you through this life / I won’t let go until the end.”
“When I wrote this song for ‘Top Gun: Maverick,’ I didn’t even realize the multiple layers it spanned across the film’s heart, my own psyche, and the nature of the world we’ve been living in,” Gaga, who also contributed to the “Top Gun: Maverick” score along with Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer, Lorne Balfe, and Harold Faltermeyer, tweeted.
“I wanted to make music into a song where we share our profound yearning to both be understood and attempt to understand one other — a longing to be close when we feel so far away and an ability to appreciate life’s heroes,” the Oscar winner for “A Star Is Born” stated. This song is a love letter to the globe written during and after a particularly difficult period.”
On “The Late Late Show,” Cruise applauded Gaga’s passion to the film, adding that the song “opened up the whole movie” and grounded the epic picture’s “emotional core.”
“The song she’d composed just fit right in and became the underlying score and heartbeat of our movie,” Cruise explained.