No "Maverick" for Modine

Why Matthew Modine Said No To The Lead Role In 'Top Gun'

Why Matthew Modine Said No to Lead Role in Top Gun

Back in the mid-1980s, Matthew Modine passed on the leading role in Top Gun. That's right: Tom Cruise's iconic performance as "Maverick" in the '80s favourite was nearly filled by Modine. Watch the video to learn why he rejected Top Gun and ultimately went on to star in his best-known role, as "Pvt. Joker" in Full Metal Jacket, instead one year later.

Matthew Modine nearly took a very different path to movie stardom in the 1980s.

The actor is best known for playing "Pvt. Joker" in 1987 war film Full Metal Jacket. But just one year earlier, he turned down the leading role in one of the biggest movies of the '80s: Top Gun.

Why Matthew Modine rejected lead role in Top Gun

Yes, Matthew Modine nearly played "Maverick" in Top Gun and was the choice before Tom Cruise landed the part, which solidified his status as a bona fide star.

Why Matthew Modine Said No to Playing "Maverick" in Top Gun

Watch the video above to learn why Modine passed on Top Gun in the 1980s.