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MOTORSPORTS | Apr 03

Lewis Hamilton Regrets Turning Down Role In ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

The Mercedes F1 Driver Is Still Interested in Going Into the Film Business in the Future

Lewis Hamilton Regrets Turning Down Role In ‘Top Gun: Maverick’
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From the Asphalt to the Red Carpet

I really didn’t have the time to dedicate to it…Broke my heart. – Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton has enjoyed a damn good racing career. Yet, I still refuse to refer to him as “Sir Lewis” just because he equaled Michael Schumacher’s all-time record after collecting seven Formula One championships. However, he isn’t getting any younger, and I was always taught to refer to my elders as “sir,” so perhaps one day, I’ll have a change of tune on this stance.

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For him to really earn the right to be called “Sir,” I want to see him utilize the global fame he’s collected alongside his professional racing career. Sure, Lewis Hamilton’s net worth doesn’t necessarily need any added dollar signs. Still, when the British superstar eventually hangs up the racing gear, it would be a shame to see him fade into the obscurity of life like most former pros.

On that note, fans of the Mercedes F1 driver could one day see him on the big screen, and I’m not talking about your local pub on Sunday. Hamilton had the opportunity to appear in Top Gun: Maverick in 2022, and after witnessing how impressive the 90s sequel turned out, he recently discussed his regrets about failing to jump at the opportunity.

 

Hollywood Regret

In an interview with GQ, Hamilton discussed his regret in starring alongside Tom Cruise:

“Firstly, I hadn’t even had an acting lesson. And I don’t want to be the one that lets this movie down. And then, I really didn’t have the time to dedicate to it. I remember telling Joe and Tom, which broke my heart. And then I regretted it, naturally, when they showed me the movie and it’s: ‘It could’ve been me!’”

 

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The F1 schedule is long and grueling, and while I’m sure fans of Hamilton would’ve been ecstatic to see him feature in Top Gun, I wouldn’t expect any Oscar-worthy performances from sports professionals touching down on the red carpet, especially after watching Conor McGregor attempt to act in Road House.

 

We Shouldn’t Be Surprised Given Hamilton’s Recent Results

With a laughable eight points in the first three races of the 2024 F1 season, I’d regret missing the billion dollars generated at the box office from Top Gun as well. We like to see our sports heroes go out on top, but it’s highly unlikely that Hamilton will do this, whether in a Mercedes or a Ferrari.

With his newly signed contract, Hamilton has at least two years remaining in the sport, but as Tom Cruise already revealed the development of Top Gun 3, perhaps the most successful driver in the history of F1 will cease the chance to begin life after the racetrack when this movie’s casting calls come calling.


Hamilton has done voice-over work for Disney’s Cars and is also involved in producing an F1-inspired film featuring Brad Pitt. So, he’s no stranger to Hollywood’s demands, and at this point, it feels more like “when” than “if” he will throw himself into the industry.

We shouldn’t anticipate entertainment news announcing Hamilton’s on-screen debut anytime soon. Still, with the fashion world and drinks manufacturing business already checked off the bucket list, cinema is an F1 afterlife he already desires.

 

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“I think it’s gonna be film or fashion,” Hamilton said when asked about life after F1.

He’s displayed creativity in some of his fashion choices, that’s for sure, and he undoubtedly has the star power to grab a high-profile movie role without any prior experience. However, let’s hope he can get his points across in front of the camera, unlike his lack of points in F1 this year.

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