Trending News: Tom Cruise Was An Absolute Player Off The Set Of ‘Risky Business’
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In his memoir, Curtis Armstrong, Tom Cruise’s co-star in Risky Business, revealed that the soon-to-be megastar would pretend to be going to his room for Bible study, but was actually inviting ladies in one-by-one for some funny business.
We’ve seen a lot of smooth Tom Cruise characters over the years — Maverick (Top Gun), Ethan Hunt (Mission Impossible), David Aames (Vanilla Sky), but who knew the smoothest was actually the actor himself at the tender age of 19?
Curtis Armstrong, an actor who went on to appear in Ray, American Dad and Moonlighting after co-starring with Cruise in Risky Business, recently shared moments of his memoir with The Hollywood Reporter — and hoo boy, there are some juicy revelations about Cruise.
Armstrong recalls how he met Cruise right before they started filming the movie. He said Cruise wasn’t a household name at the time, “I think I’m safe in saying that Risky Business was the last time he was just ‘Tom.'”
Armstrong added that Cruise “appeared so … clean,” but he quickly came to realize how much of a player he was.
“If Cruise’s unprecedented success was a surprise to me, the perpetual rumors regarding his sexual orientation were utterly mystifying. At least at that time, there was no question which side of that particular fence Tom stood on. It’s no secret that Tom engaged in an intense affair during the shooting with [co-lead Rebecca] De Mornay — who, at 23, managed to maintain her inaccessible, sexual mysteriousness under any circumstances, unless you could catch her in a joke, at which point her mask would drop as her eyes lit up and she would burst into a full-throated laugh.”
Armstrong said Cruise was unbelievably dedicated to his work, but it was Cruise’s off-set activity that truly surprised him.
Tom wasn’t f—ing around. Actually, I take that back. He was. With Rebecca inaccessible, he started cutting a wide swath through the local talent. Not that I noticed right away. He self-identified as a born-again Christian and the rumor was he had actually considered shepherding souls for a living. I could believe it. Away from the set, initially, Tom made straight arrows look like corkscrews. I would ask him at the end of the day if he would like to join us at the bar for a drink. “No,” I recall him saying, “Got an early call tomorrow. Got to work out still, study my lines. And then I like to read the Bible a little before bed.”
But was Cruise really reading the bible?
Armstrong said he returned one night to find three or four teenage girls lined up outside of Tom’s room.
“I remember thinking, ‘Tom’s going to be really upset if these hot girls interfere with his Bible reading.” So I asked them, with all the stern gravitas of my 28 years, if there was something I could do to help them.’
They just stared at me, and at that moment, Tom’s door opened and another girl came out, adjusting her hair and taking off down the hall, while the first girl in line slipped into Tom’s room. This was a young man who knew something about time management and understood how to successfully juggle Bible study and blow jobs. I went to bed alone that night thinking it served me right for not being religious.
Maybe they just wanted to read some bible lines?
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Cruise lost 14 pounds in five weeks for his role as Joel in Risky Business “by jogging in the Florida sun and strict dieting,” according to People.