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In the thirty years since “Top Gun” was released, its sporty, bro-mantic volleyball scene has been ...

‘Top Gun': A Short History of the Volleyball Scene

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In the thirty years since “Top Gun” was released, its sporty, bro-mantic volleyball scene has been parodied and oft-mocked for its not-so-subdued sexuality, set to the tune of Kenny Loggins’ “Playing With the Boys.”

Director Tony Scott knew full well that women and men alike would likely be titilated by the sight of shirtless actors Tom Cruise (Maverick), Anthony Edwards (Goose), Val Kilmer(Iceman) and Rick Rossovich (Slider) — and eagerly put the film’s pretty-boy pilots on fully oiled display.

“I didn’t have a vision of what I was doing other than just doing soft porn,” Scott recalled with a laugh in an interview featured in the film’s 30th anniversary Blu-ray/DVD.

Yes, the scene was homoerotic by design, arguably the best expression of Scott’s onscreen interpretation of Bruce Weber’s photography. Now famous for his provocative fashion and celebrity photography, Weber’s first book served as inspiration for the look of the Navy pilots depicted in “Top Gun.”

“Handsome, young, virile bodies in the military, and guys in the sand, and the sweat,” Rossovich recalled in an interview on the new Blu-ray.

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