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Tom Cruise attends the Royal Film Performance and UK Premiere of "Top Gun: Maverick" at Leicester Square on May 19, 2022 in London, England. James Corden attends the FYC event for CBS' "The Late Late Show With James Corden" at NeueHouse Los Angeles on May 12, 2022 in Hollywood, California.

James Corden experienced a terrifying trip in the sky with Tom Cruise, who visited the Late Late Show on Monday night (May 23). Corden, 43, took a two-day trip with the Top Gun: Maverick actor on a pair of fighter jets.

The Carpool Karaoke host played as an unwilling participant in Cruise’s plan, admitting, “When Tom Cruise calls, you sort of have to say yes.” This isn’t the first time Corden was roped into jumping out of a plane, as Cruise, 59, previously with Corden while promoting 2018’s Mission: Impossible — Fallout.

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“I’m very excited that James is doing this,” Cruise said, before piloting Corden in both planes. “Was he the first late-night show that I asked? Hell no. He was just the first one, the only one, to say yes.” Corden quickly held up a sign in the window that read: “Help Me.”

Things got serious when a dueling plane popped up to challenge them. “We’re in a dog fight,” Cruise said, as Corden screamed, “I don’t give a s—.”

“You did good,” Cruise assured Corden after they landed, the comedian teasing, “The fact that this is your idea of a fun day out tells me how different we are as human beings.” Just when Corden thought it was all over, Cruise informed him the two would be going up again, this time in a jet fit for modern aerial warfare. Cruise told the host, “You are my Goose,” a reference to his Top Gun character’s best friend in the original 1986 movie.

“When you said I’m your Goose it makes me feel excited and then I realize that Goose dies in the film,” Corden explained in response. “You’re the first half of the film Goose,” Cruise insisted. “That ‘You’ve Lost that Loving Feeling’ Goose.”

Watch Tom Cruise terrorize James Corden in the sky below:

Top Gun: Maverick opens in theaters on Friday, May 27. The long-awaited sequel sees Cruise making his triumphant return as Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, this time returning as an instructor for the elite fliers three decades after his graduation from the TOPGUN Naval aviation program.

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