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I Watched This Retro 'Top Gun' Interview Aboard The USS Ranger So You Don’t Have To
When I saw that the renowned aviation reporter Tyler Rogoway had unearthed a 1985 pre-release interview with the Top Gun cast by the media crew aboard the USS Enterprise, my heart raced faster than a Kenny Loggins jam. But after watching that slice of retro cinema, I mostly felt pity for the poor Navy petty officer who managed to somehow antagonize Tom Cruise during a contractually-obligated interview.
As much as I love anything Top Gun related, the whole sit-down felt like a forced dog and pony show. The saving grace of the entire thing, however, was Anthony Edwards, the iconic radar intercept officer known as ‘Goose’. Edwards managed to slide in a handful of sideways quips and inappropriate one-liners to pad out Cruise’s one-word answers. To compound the already poor audio and the frazzled interviewer, the howl of jet engines interrupted the interview about once every few minutes. The parts that are intelligible bounce between a snide Cruise and a goofy Goose.
In one exchange, the out-of-his-depth public affairs sailor clumsily asks ‘Why did you take the part of Pete Maverick?’ to which Cruise slowly spelled out his character’s entire name. “For the money!” interjects Goose. “Say you did it for the money!”
Ironically, the most enthusiastic audience response came when Edwards described his character as “kind of the lighter side” of the Maverick-Goose duo. “He has a wife and kid,” he says, adding that Goose “is probably the one who graduated 2nd to last out of his class in Annapolis, and it’s probably the best role in the movie.” (The howls of laughter probably also masked the deep sadness inside every RIO in the audience that failed to be a pilot.)
To be honest, the full interview if fascinating, but it sure seemed that the whole cast was tired, seasick, and had as much desire to be in that interview room as a cat wants to be in the water. But then again, that mustachioed E-2 will always get to say he interviewed Tom Cruise on an aircraft carrier — and no amount of poor production value can take that away from him.
Watch the full interview below:
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Police arrest suspected terrorist for 1985 hijacking in which Navy diver Robert D. Stethem was murdered
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek police have arrested a 65-year-old Lebanese man suspected of involvement in the 1985 hijacking of a Trans World Airlines (TWA) plane in which a U.S. navy diver was killed.
A Greek police official said on Saturday the suspect had disembarked from a cruise ship on the island of Mykonos on Thursday and that his name came up as being wanted by German authorities.
The last time the world saw Marine veteran Austin Tice, he had been taken prisoner by armed men. It was unclear whether his captors were jihadists or allies of Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad who were disguised as Islamic radicals.
Blindfolded and nearly out of breath, Tice spoke in Arabic before breaking into English:"Oh Jesus. Oh Jesus."
That was from a video posted on YouTube on Sept. 26, 2012, several weeks after Tice went missing near Damascus, Syria, while working as a freelance journalist for McClatchy and the Washington Post.
Now that Tice has been held in captivity for more than seven years, reporters who have regular access to President Donald Trump need to start asking him how he is going to bring Tice home.
SAN DIEGO — John Timothy Earnest didn't hide his smirks as he sat in a San Diego courtroom on Thursday, watching surveillance video of Lori Gilbert-Kaye being shot down inside the lobby of a Poway synagogue.
Earnest also smiled as a synagogue congregant testified about running toward the shooter, screaming "I'm going to kill you!" and seeing the gunman "with a look of astonishment or fear" turn and run.
Earnest, 20, is facing one count of murder and three counts of attempted murder in the shootings at Chabad of Poway on April 27. He also faces an arson charge related to an Escondido mosque fire in March, when several people who were sleeping inside escaped unharmed.
Sometimes a joke just doesn't work.
For example, the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service tweeted and subsequently deleted a Gilbert Gottfried-esque misfire about the "Storm Area 51" movement.
On Friday DVIDSHUB tweeted a picture of a B-2 bomber on the flight line with a formation of airmen in front of it along with the caption: "The last thing #Millenials will see if they attempt the #area51raid today."
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey is ready to act on its southern border with Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan said, after warning that it could take unilateral steps if the U.S. does not establish a "safe zone" in northeast Syria this month.
"Our preparations along our borders are complete," Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul on Saturday before departing to attend a U.N. General Assembly meeting.