"Vern is a close personal friend and he has also promised to convert to Scientology as part of the deal which also makes me quite thrilled."
"I'm not a fan of Tom's body of work," Woodburn stated. "He plays the same guy in every movie, his range is limited and his movies are all the same. They suck."
Woodburn turning down this role is a bit of irony as it was Woodburn who was originally cast as Maverick in "Top Gun".
"It was too homo-erotic for me," said Woodburn. "Standing around in your tighty whiteys, almost making out with Val Kilmer. Thanks but no thanks."
More irony with this film is that it helped make Tom Cruise a superstar. It was also one of the last movies he made that actually showed a profit as Cruise's box office power has slipped considerably the past several years.
"He's a heightener," states Woodburn. "He's never been proud to be who he is. If it wasn't for lifts and fake camera angles, he couldn't get a spot as a stand in on the "Wizard of Oz"'.
"It shouldn't take to long to film a movie about Cruise's successful movies," said Troyer. "That's another reason I took the role. We won't be on the set or location very much."
Also being considered was legendary actor Billy Barty. Barty did not respond to an interview as he died in 2000.