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Danny Ramirez Takes to the Skies

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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.)

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