Lewis Hamilton was forced to turn down Top Gun: Maverick role due to Formula One commitments

Lewis Hamilton was gutted to have to turn down a role in Top Gun: Maverick (Picture: Getty Images / Paramount Pictures)

Seven-time world champion almost swapped driving for flying for a role in hit blockbuster

However, the driver, who is a friend of the film’s leading man , had to turn down an appearance in the film due to Formula One commitments.

Speaking to , he said he was thrilled with the prospect of starring in after being a big fan of the 1986 original film.

‘When I heard the second one was coming out, I was like, “oh, my God, I have to ask him [Tom Cruise]”‘, he said.

‘I said, “I don’t care what role it is. I’ll even sweep something, be a cleaner in the back”‘.

Tom agreed to include Lewis in the film in the role of a fighter pilot, but the sports star had to decline.

‘I’m a perfectionist, there wasn’t time’ (Picture: ATPImages / Getty Images)
Lewis is close friends with Top Gun leading man Tom Cruise (Credits: PA)

‘I’m a perfectionist. There just wasn’t time,’ he said on his reasons for declining the role of a fighter pilot in the film released this year.

He added it was ‘the most upsetting call that I think I’ve ever had.’

Lewis will be hitting the big screen soon though, as he produced a Formula One film starring and led by Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski.

Fresh from his role in Bullet Train, Brad Pitt is set to appear in a Formula One film produced by Lewis Hamilton (Picture: Getty Images)

The film, which is currently untitled, will see Brad play an ex-driver coming out of retirement to join a younger member of the team to compete once more.

It has not yet been confirmed whether Lewis will star in the film.

Lewis has made cameos in various films including Zoolander 2 as well as Cars 2 and 3.

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