“When you make a movie, people can interpret it in any way they want and see something in it that the filmmakers had no idea they were tapping. So we’re surprised every time we hear something talked about, or written about, the films that we make that have no real context for the filmmakers or what the filmmakers wanted to do. And yet there’s a relevance to them, because people believe it. Tony [director Tony Scott] and Quentin [Tarantino] were very good friends. In fact, Quentin came in and helped Tony and myself on Crimson Tide. He came in and wrote a couple of scenes for us. So there was a great camaraderie and respect between Quentin and Tony. Coming from Quentin, it’s always a compliment.”—Top Gun producer Jerry Bruckheimer, addressing the film’s long reputation as a homoerotic classic. Various commentators, including critic Pauline Kael and writer/director Quentin Tarantino, have commented on the homoerotic undercurrents within the movie over the years, with Tarantino even joking that it’s one of the gayest movies ever.