Top Gun: Maverick Made a Man Eat His Own Shoe, as Well as His Words

It's not every day that you get to interview someone hours after they've consumed footwear.

However, not many people wager as much as Matt Patches. "If Top Gun 2 happens, I will eat a shoe," the Polygon deputy entertainment editor and podcast host tweeted more than a decade ago.

On October 26, 2010, at 7:42 p.m. Patches has been forced to follow through on his promise as Tom Cruise's Top Gun: Maverick hits theatres this weekend.

He's triumphant, if exhausted, shortly after completing the deed.

"I've scaled incredible heights. I've flown the jet, landed the jet, and returned.

Patches tells me, "I've gone full Maverick." "I had a terrible stomach ache that I managed to get rid of." Thank God, I didn't go into insulin shock like Charlie Chaplin."

Chaplin ate a licorice shoe in 1925's The Gold Rush, according to legend, and had to have his stomach pumped after more than 60 takes of biting into the sweet accessory.

Patches tells me that this was a petty wager made before he married and had two children, one of whom was born only six weeks ago.

Since then, we've had three presidents, and Twitter has evolved into a completely different creature.

In 2010, Patches says, "Twitter was a bit more of just a public square."

"Because I'm clowning around with what I think is a small audience of like-minded people, I'd feel like I could just tweet, 'Eh, I don't think Top Gun 2 will ever happen, I'd eat a shoe.