James Corden terrified as Tom Cruise takes him to 'Top Gun' school

Tom Cruise took James Corden to Top Gun training school on The Late Late Show Monday night, which ended up being super awesome and hilarious.

Cruise picked up Corden in a private plane at 4:56am at the Burbank Airport, where Cruise himself flew them to the desert. Some might remember the last time Cruise was on the Late Late Show in 2018, when he forced Corden to go skydiving. Now, Cruise is promoting his highly-anticipated Top Gun sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, so it was only fitting that this time around they stay in the plane, but with Cruise as the pilot. "You're not a pilot, you're an actor," a skeptical Corden pointed out.

"With all due respect, you played a lawyer in A Few Good Men, I wouldn't want you to represent me in court, okay? I'm gonna go up in a 75-year-old plane with somebody who is not a pilot," asked Corden before he took off running in the opposite direction.

Eventually, Cruise got Corden strapped in, where he warned him that, should the engine catch fire, he would "get rid of the canopy, pitch the nose up 45 degrees and then go inverted" and ultimately "dump" Corden out of the airplane. Understandably, the late night host was petrified.

Corden had a tough time with that first flight, even feeling a little sick when he finally got back on stable ground. So you could imagine his reaction when Cruise pointed to a modern fighter jet fit for warfare, and told him they would be going up in that plane next.

However, after some Top Gun training, a little bit of singing, and even a conga line that included a small model jet, Corden was strapped in and on the highway to the danger zone.

Of course, it wouldn't be a Tom Cruise flight without Maverick going inverted, which he proceeded to do after telling Corden he would "just fly straight."

"I love you and I hate you at the same time. That was absolutely outrageous," said Corden in the end.

Video transcript

TOM CRUISE: Hey, we're going to go flying.

[MUSIC PLAYING]

JAMES CORDEN: But we just went flying. That's what we literally just did.

TOM CRUISE: We're going to fly in that. We have a Top Gun vint.

KYLIE MAR: On The Late Late Show Monday night, Tom Cruise took James Corden to Top Gun school, which ended up being super awesome and hilarious. And before airing the clip, Corden prefaced it by saying everything was completely real, and he does not have the need for speed.

JAMES CORDEN: I'm going to go up in a 75-year-old plane with someone who isn't a pilot. OK, yeah, this sounds like a good idea. Cool, yeah, I look forward to.

TOM CRUISE: What? James.

KYLIE MAR: Some might remember the last time Tom was on The Late Late Show in 2018 when he forced James Corden to go skydiving. Now, Tom is promoting his highly anticipated Top Gun sequel, so it was only fitting that this time around they stay in the plane, but with Tom as the pilot.

JAMES CORDEN: Oh, my God.

TOM CRUISE: Get our kill.

JAMES CORDEN: I don't give a-- So probably flying quite close to the top of this mountain.

TOM CRUISE: Remember, we're in a dogfight.

JAMES CORDEN: That is a mountain. Oh, my God. Tom, Tom, oh, my God, I proved right.

KYLIE MAR: Corden had a hard time with the first flight. So you could imagine his reaction when Tom told him that next they would be flying this.

TOM CRUISE: Now, we're getting into the serious Top Gun stuff. You and I are going up in that.

JAMES CORDEN: OK. I'm going to go. I'm getting out of here.

KYLIE MAR: But with a little bit of encouragement.

TOM CRUISE: Baby.

JAMES CORDEN: Baby.

TOM CRUISE: Baby.

JAMES CORDEN: Baby.

TOM CRUISE: I need your love.

JAMES CORDEN: Need your love.

TOM CRUISE: I need your love.

JAMES CORDEN: Need your love.

KYLIE MAR: The next morning, James was strapped in and on the highway to the danger zone.

TOM CRUISE: Yeah, we'll just fly straight, just relax, just take it easy just for a little bit.

JAMES CORDEN: Oh, my God. Tom, Tom. Oh, hell.

TOM CRUISE: Yeah, we just got to check the airplane.

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