Danny Ramirez had to lie to get his big blockbuster break. When the 30-year-old actor auditioned for the role of Lieutenant Mickey “Fanboy” Garcia in the box office smash Top Gun: Maverick, he confirmed he was comfortable with flying. But that was far from the truth: simply traveling from a shoot in Iowa to the film’s casting in Los Angeles filled the young actor with anxiety. He got the part, but the good news came with a kicker: he would have to literally learn how to pilot a plane. Ramirez eventually overcame the phobia, thanks to an even greater fear of pissing off Tom Cruise, hours of flight training, and a stressful surprise trip piloted by co-star Glen Powell. (Ramirez recognized the actor from Scream Queens but had no idea he would be flying the plane until they took off.)
Danny Ramirez Takes to the Skies
The Top Gun: Maverick star used to fear flying. Now, the sky’s the limit for the young actor, who never thought a career in Hollywood was possible.