LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – CCTV China allegedly used “Top Gun” footage (video below) in a news broadcast about its own military but omitted a Tom Cruise clip. CCTV China is flying to new depths after the broadcaster allegedly used film footage from “Top Gun” (without credit) to depict its own national military.
The footage was not set to air in a movie theatre. Rather the national news coverage was about the People’s Liberation Army’s Air Force. Instead of Tom Cruise’s jet, it was a J-10 fighter jet. The film footage used depicted a J-10 firing a missile and then a jet exploding. As the WSJ reports, ironically “it doesn’t leave in the next scene where Tom Cruise celebrates.”
Reports claim that CCTV has deleted the video from its online site and no longer rebroadcasted the material. But CCTV China has allegedly yet to issue an apology to viewers that they were watching a Hollywood movie, not news footage.
Tom Gun was produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer in 1986 for Paramount Pictures for $15 million. To date, the film has reportedly earned approximately $354 million in worldwide sales.