Kelly McGillis says she wasn’t asked to reprise role in ‘Top Gun’ sequel – New York Daily News

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Jul 26, 2019 | 8:02 PM

Kelly McGillis says she wasn’t asked to reprise role in ‘Top Gun’ sequel

Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis are seen at the Cinematic Celebration of Jerry Bruckheimer in 2010. (Eric Charbonneau/Eric Charbonneau/Invision/AP)

Actress Kelly McGillis said she wasn’t asked to return for “Top Gun: Maverick,” the upcoming sequel to the 1986 hit she starred in with Tom Cruise.

“You know what, I don’t know how to answer that because one, it hasn’t happened,” McGillis told Entertainment Tonight after she was asked if she planned to attend any of the new movie’s promotional events. “Two, if and when it did happen, I would have to assess where I am, what I’m doing, what’s going on … I can’t project what I would or wouldn’t do in the future. I have no idea because I don’t know where I’ll be.”

“Movies are odd things. I don’t really keep in touch with anybody,” she continued. “I think I’ve spoken to a couple of people occasionally, but the truth is, movies are very odd work situations because you have a lot of people who come together from all different parts of the world.”

McGillis doesn’t appear to be holding a grudge though, saying “my priorities in life changed” to focus on maintaining her sobriety and raising her two children in North Carolina.

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“It wasn’t like a major decision that I made to leave, it was just that other things became more important,” she said. “I love acting, I love what I do, I love doing theater, but I don’t know. To me, my relationships to other people became far more important than my relationship to fame.”

McGillis added that she was “glad” actress Jennifer Connelly was stepping into the love interest role for the 2020 release.

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