Greg Tarzan Davis, known for his roles in “Top Gun: Maverick” and the “Mission: Impossible” franchise, surprised his “Top Gun” co-stars when they discovered his casting in the latter series. Despite sharing the screen with his fellow actors in “Top Gun: Maverick,” Davis kept his involvement in the “Mission: Impossible” films a secret until they saw a press release photo of him alongside Tom Cruise, Esai Morales, and Shea Whigham atop a train.
Having worked closely with Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie, the masterminds behind the “Mission: Impossible” franchise, Davis expressed his gratitude for their mentorship and the opportunity to learn about filmmaking. Davis highlighted the openness and willingness of Cruise and McQuarrie to share their filmmaking knowledge, emphasizing that they want to pass the baton to the next generation of filmmakers. He commended their transparency and described how they allowed him to observe the filmmaking process on set and in the editing room.
During the production of “Top Gun: Maverick,” Davis formed a close bond with his co-stars, particularly the F-18 pilots who risked their lives to create realistic flying scenes. However, Davis maintained secrecy about his involvement in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise. When his co-stars discovered his participation through a press release photo, Davis admitted his oversight and apologized for not informing them earlier.
In “Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One,” Davis portrays Degas, a member of the CIA’s Clandestine Services assigned to track down Ethan Hunt and retrieve a highly valued key. While his character Degas questions the motives of the IMF (Impossible Mission Force), Davis hinted that Degas’s perspective may lead him to make different choices in the future. Davis suggested that Degas’s contemplation of whether Ethan is doing the right thing may be further explored in the sequel, “Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part Two.”
In addition to discussing his role, Davis shared a thrilling moment he experienced during the filming of the intense train sequence in “Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One.” The details of this particular incident were not disclosed in the interview, leaving fans intrigued about the upcoming action-packed film.
Greg Tarzan Davis’s journey from “Top Gun: Maverick” to the “Mission: Impossible” franchise has been marked by excitement, camaraderie, and the thrill of working with industry legends. As fans eagerly anticipate the release of “Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One and Part Two,” Davis’s involvement adds to the anticipation surrounding the action-packed films and the surprises they have in store.