Prepare for a double take. Tom Cruise’s look-alike wore a Top Gun costume to Comic-Con and pretty much fooled everyone there. Jerome LeBlanc, a professional Cruise impersonator from San Diego, California, had fun with his Cruise-esque looks at San Diego Comic-Con last week. Not only did he wear the costume that Cruise’s character LT. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell wears in 1986’s Top Gun, but LeBlanc also went to the exact location where several key scenes in Top Gun were filmed, according to the OC Register.
Per the OC Register, LeBlanc surprised fans at San Diego’s Kansas City Barbeque (where some barroom scenes in Top Gun were shot) on Thursday, July 18, dressed head to toe like Maverick. Dressed in aviator glasses and pilot’s jacket — with his hair pushed back to Cruise’s signature quiff — LeBlanc looked like a dead ringer for the Oscar-nominated actor. (See photos here.)
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LeBlanc’s appearance was especially exciting given that Cruise had revealed the trailer for Top Gun‘s sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, at San Diego Comic-Con that exact day. Unfortunately, the look-alike didn’t run into the real-life Cruise. “We tried to accidentally bump into him,” LeBlanc told the OC Register. “It didn’t work out.”
This isn’t the first time LeBlanc has surprised fans at Kansas City Barbeque, which has become tourist destination since the release of Top Gun. (Some memorabilia, including the piano that Goose plays “Great Balls of Fire” and signed autographs, are on display at the restaurant.) According to the restaurant’s owner, Chris Coffey, LeBlanc has frequented the spot a lot to shock tourists and take photos with fans. “He’s been coming here for awhile,” Coffey told the OC Register. “He knows all the regulars. They all know him.”