Top Gun: Maverick: Was Penny Benjamin in Top Gun 1?

Jun 12, 2022 Hollywood

Top Gun 1: Was Penny Benjamin in Top Gun 1? [Watch The Scene]

Top Gun: Maverick: Was Penny Benjamin in Top Gun 1? “Top Gun: Maverick” is chock-full of throwbacks and references to the original 1986 film, featuring some recognisable characters and scenes. One thing that has altered is who portrays Tom Cruise’s Pete “Maverick” Mitchell’s love interest. In the sequel, Maverick is decades into his profession and pursuing Penny Benjamin, a bar owner (and daughter of an admiral). Here’s all you need to know about Maverick’s new love interest.

Is Penny Benjamin from the first “Top Gun” film?

Penny, played by Jennifer Connelly, isn’t physically present in the original “Top Gun” film, although she is referenced in passing and never seen on screen.

Maverick’s earlier exploits are described as “a history of high-speed passes over five air-control towers and one admiral’s daughter” in one scene, and Maverick’s BFF Goose mutters Penny’s name under his breath, implying that she is the “admiral’s daughter” in question. Goose’s wife, Carole, taunts Maverick about his love history, saying, “Goose told me everything about the time you went ballistic with Penny Benjamin,” which is subsequently proven.

Penny is a prominent character in the sequel to “Top Gun,” despite never appearing in the original film. Penny, now played by Connelly, operates a pub that the TOPGUN team frequents during their leisure.

Top Gun 1 Penny

When Maverick reappears, she’s less than pleased, and their conversation suggests that they’ve had an on-again, off-again relationship throughout the years between the two films.

“It began when they were fairly little the first time. And you get the impression that they get together, have a blazing relationship, and suddenly it all comes apart “In an interview with FilmIsNow, Connelly explained. “However, they keep returning to one other.”

Why isn’t Charlie Blackwood played by Kelly McGillis in “Top Gun: Maverick”?

Charlie Blackwood, an astrophysicist who meets paths with Maverick at the TOPGUN academy, is Maverick’s love interest in the original “Top Gun.”

What’s behind this love-interest switcheroo? Other cast members from the first “Top Gun,” like as Val Kilmer, returned for “Top Gun: Maverick,” so what’s behind this love-interest switcheroo?

Kelly McGillis played Charlie in “Top Gun,” but when the sequel was announced, she claims she was not even approached to be a part of it.

“They didn’t [ask me back], and I don’t think they ever will,” McGillis stated in 2019, after the first teaser for “Top Gun: Maverick” was released and she was noticeably absent. “I’m old and obese and I look age-appropriate for my age,” she explained, “and that is not what that whole scene is about.” McGillis, who is 64 years old, is approximately five years older than Cruise, who is 59, and Connelly, who is 51.

Top Gun 1 Penny Benjamin Scene

McGillis, on the other hand, was all praise for Connelly’s addition to the group, stating she’s “so thrilled [Connelly] had the chance.”

Director Joseph Kosinski, on the other hand, stated that bringing back Charlie was just not in keeping with the tale they wanted to present in the sequel. “I didn’t want every plot to be looking backwards,” Kosinski said in an interview with Insider. “Introducing some fresh characters was critical.” This meant leaving out several of the original cast members, such as McGillis as Charlie and Meg Ryan as Carole Bradshaw.