Glen Powell: The Actor's Top Gun: Maverick Mystery

by Randy Mastronicola | portraits by John Russo

GLEN POWELL HAS CARVED OUT QUITE THE RESUME during his 10-plus years as a working actor in Hollywood. He’ll be the first one to tell you that the path from his home state of Texas to Los Angeles hasn’t always been rainbows and lollipops. Fortunately, there have been significantly more hits than misses (or missteps) unlike some other young Hollywood actors of his generation.

Glen’s been honing his craft ever since he arrived in Tinseltown, and he’s known as a highly skilled actor, and burgeoning writer and producer.

Glen was an essential player in the FOX horrorcomedy- slasher TV series Scream Queens in the mid- 2000’s. His film appearances have included roles in The Dark Night Rises and Expendables 3, and he starred in Richard Linklater’s coming-of-age comedy Everybody Wants Some!!

His portrayal of John Glenn in the 2017 Academy Award-nominated film Hidden Figures garnered him major looks. It wasn’t a gigantic role, but his performance was executed with star power in an important film. And it was noticed.

All of the above is well and fine, but 2022’s highly anticipated Top Gun: Maverick is set to go kaboom in May—for the film and for Glen Powell. He’s in the mix with a cast to die for: Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Jon Hamm, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly and Miles Teller.

Powell’s powerful audition for the film led him to a “secret” role in the movie. Along with a couple of other co-stars, he’s remained quiet about some particulars about his character.

Recently, we had the opportunity to chat with Glen about where he’s been, where he is now, and where he’d like to go.

There’s been some mystery surrounding your role. For a while, the studio didn’t even share the name of your character. Describe your character and how he fits into the puzzle of the movie?

My character is definitely supposed to be more mysterious for certain reasons. I would say that Hangman represents the swagger, the independence and the fun of the original movie. He’s a guy that loves flying jets, and he considers himself the greatest weapon the Navy’s ever produced. It was a fun character to play, and I got to really develop the character with Tom [Cruise]. For me, I think the character is exactly what I’d want to play when I watched the first movie.

How do you feel the audience is going to react to what they’re seeing in terms of the buildup about the character? The mystery on top of the layer?

I’m trying to ground my character in reality and also build a character that is the wish fulfillment of a Top Gun sequel. While the stakes of a movie are incredibly high and the stakes become life or death, how can this character be having the best time ever? I think that’s really where I started with this character.

Circling back to cigars, you mentioned being a Monte 2 guy. Do you have any other go-to cigars, or any particular pairings?

Growing up in Texas, I would say my uncle Don is the one who got me into cigars. We took a family trip to Cuba not too long ago, and I really got to live the cigar and rum culture for a bit. I was hurting extremely bad by the time we left. We went hard as a family. [laughs] There was a lot of dancing, a lot of cigars, and a lot of rum.

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