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    “Tom Was Already Tom; I was Waiting For My Life To Change”: Glen Powell Almost Went Broke As Tom Cruise Insisted On A Theatrical Release For ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Amid Pandemic

    It’s been over four years since the COVID-19 pandemic first disrupted life and set everything in a frenzy. Even the most privileged people in the world fell prey to the woes of the pandemic. Hollywood suffered big time with unexpected halts in projects for a time uncertain, and so did the movie stars.

    Glen Powell has opened up about his struggle during the pandemic with Tom Cruise starrer film ‘Top Gun: Maverickdelayed considerably, putting a huge hole in his pocket. The actor confessed that he almost went bankrupt while waiting for the movie to release. Here’s his full ordeal in his own words.

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    Glen Powell Narrates His Financial Woes Due To Delayed Release Of ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

    Glen Powell in 'Top Gun: Maverick
    Glen Powell in ‘Top Gun: Maverick

    Glen Powell did not shy away from giving away the details of the financial struggles he faced while waiting for the release of ‘Top Gun: Maverick’. The much-anticipated sequel to the 1986 classic was initially set for a 2019 release, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Powell revealed that his bank account was nearly empty before the blockbuster hit cinemas and he finally got paid. “I’d never made any significant amount of money on a movie, including ‘Top Gun,’ and I was depleting a bank account to a point where my accountant was like, ‘This pandemic cannot last much longer,'” Powell recalled thinking during the interview.

    When the pandemic seemed to have no end in sight, the production had decided to release the film on a streaming service. But Tom Cruise, the film’s lead star and major box office draw, insisted on a theatrical release. “Tom was already Tom; I was waiting for my life to change,” Powell said,  noting how the pandemic did not affect a superstar like Cruise even though it did affect him, a star yet to make it big at the time.

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    Glen Powell Propelled To Popularity After The Release Of ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

    Glen Powell in 'Top Gun: Maverick
    Glen Powell in ‘Top Gun: Maverick

    After the decision to hold off for a theater release, Powell noted to have struggled for a long time before the film eventually premiered in May 2022. Fortunately for him, it was a massive success, and grossed $1.5 billion worldwide, making it the second-highest-grossing film of 2022.

    It was with his performance in ‘Top Gun: Maverick‘ that he managed to create a grounding for himself in the list of well-known names in Hollywood. Powell further solidified his place with the release of the romantic comedy ‘Anyone But You’, in which he starred opposite Sydney Sweeney. Released in December 2023, the film has been another milestone in his career, gaining him widespread recognition.

    As he continues to propel to stardom with his further projects, Powell has decided to leave Los Angeles and move back to his home state of Texas. “One of the perks of getting to this point in Hollywood is that I can now leave Hollywood. It’s like I’ve earned the ability to go back to my family,” he explained. He also said that he plans to finish his college degree after relocating.

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    Aishwarya is a Senior Sub-Editor at First Curiosity. Working as a news writer for over 3 years, she has written on an array of things for a couple of media houses in different capacities. With writing as her outlet, she is now exploring the world of art and glamour. Her love for films and writing stems from her fondness for words and all things artsy. An avid reader and writer alike, Aishwarya likes to delve into any and all forms of art.

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