6. Top Gun: Death of Goose
Anthony Edwards, or Goose to you and me, is a remarkable actor.
Why? Well, Anthony has probably made more men cry than all the tear gas ever used on all the world’s football hooligans. That is a serious amount of tears, especially if you include the tournaments Russia and England have qualified for.
You see, Maverick, Ice Man, even Wolf Man, were what every guy would like to be, but Goose was who we really knew we were: responsible, good natured (if not a bit dim), and never able to grow a proper moustache.
That he ended up smashing his brains against a plane glass window instead of winning Top Gun only made him remind us more of our real place in the universe.
I think his passing really hit home for those reasons and quite possibly because, with the greatest respect, Maverick was an asshole who did nothing but make Goose’s short life a misery. If he was not dragging him from one office roasting to the next and forcing him to play fall guy to his pathetic attempts to seduce Kelly McGillis, Maverick simply ran off when he thought Goose might be MVP during a game of volleyball.
Overall, it was no surprise that Goose was left considering long distance haulage as an alternative career to hanging around his misfit of a pilot.
But, loyal as a spaniel, Goose hung in there and died for his trouble. Much to the distress of Meg Ryan, the audience and long distance haulage firms across America.