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Tom Cruise Flies a Terrified James Corden Around in a Fighter Jet

"We're gonna have a Top Gun day," says Cruise.
  • Tom Cruise took James Corden on the flight of his life Monday night, as the two traveled to the desert to ride around on fighter jets piloted by the action star.

    "We're gonna have a Top Gun day," Cruise told a hesitant Corden. When he revealed he'd also be flying the jet, Corden responded, "But you're not a pilot. You're an actor."

    "I fly airplanes also," replied Cruise, to which Corden added, "Right, with all due respect, you played a lawyer in A Few Good Men, I wouldn't want you to represent me in court."

    Corden tried to run away, but the desert landscape didn't provide much cover. The terrified late night host had no choice but to join Cruise in a vintage fighter jet, only to learn that he was being "trained" to ride in a more modern plane the next morning. The duo emerged from their adventure unscathed — though it's likely Corden won't be accepting another surprise invite from Cruise any time soon.

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    TOPICS: Tom Cruise, The Late Late Show with James Corden, James Corden, Top Gun: Maverick