Miles Teller has incredible stories from all of Top Gun: Maverick. The unexpected box office hit is one of the highest-grossing movies of the year, and Teller says being a part of it has affected him in ways he never expected. During an appearance on Late Night with Seth Myers, Teller revealed that filming the popular sequel caused him to have kerosene in his blood. Yes, that’s true!
Miles Teller broke into hives on the set of ‘Top Gun: Maverick’
The 35-year-old actor shared that while working on Top Gun: Maverickhe started to feel bad one day and broke out in hives.
“We landed, and I was just like, ‘Man, I’m not feeling too good. I was really hot and just started itching like crazy. So I get off the jet and I’m just covered in hives — like, head to toe,” Teller recalled.
He took an oatmeal bath to relieve himself, then went to the doctor for a blood test. Teller then revealed that when the results came back, they showed he had “flame retardant, pesticides and jet fuel” in his blood.
How did the ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ star get kerosene in his blood?
With the stars of Superior gun Filming scenes with Navy fighter jets during production, it’s no surprise Teller ended up with jet fuel in his blood. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, humans can be exposed to JP-5, JP-8, and Jet A jet fuels when working closely with these products.
“Military or civilian personnel who are employed in jet fuel transportation, storage, or refueling activities will have the greatest inhalation and dermal exposure to these substances,” reads the agency’s Jet Fuels ToxGuide.
“Occupational exposure may involve exposure to raw fuel, vapor phase, aerosol phase, mixture of vapors and aerosols, or exhaust gases from fuel combustion.”
The agency says studies on military personnel have shown that exposure to JP-8 can affect the nervous system, which can lead to changes in reaction time and other tests of neurological function.
Having kerosene in your blood didn’t faze Miles Teller
Teller insists that when he found out he had jet fuel in his blood, he wasn’t fazed. Instead, he thought it was “actually pretty cool” — especially when he started feeling better.
The experience also led him to have a “very Tom [Cruise] moment.” He says that when he returned to the Superior gun set, her co-star asked her about the test results.
“I was like, ‘Well, Tom, it turns out I have jet fuel in my blood,'” Teller said. “Without even skipping a beat, Tom just goes, ‘Yeah, I was born with that, kid.'”
Teller stars alongside Cruise in the sequel to the 1986 classic. Cruise returns as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, who returns to the Naval Fighter Weapons School – aka Top Gun – to train graduates for a special mission.
One such graduate is Teller, who plays Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw – the son of Maverick’s late friend Nick “Goose” Bradshaw (Anthony Edwards), who died in the first film.
Top Gun: Maverick is set to hit streaming platforms in September 2022 and release on BluRay and DVD in October.
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