Was Tom Cruise gay-bashing on set of 'Risky Business'?
"Balki" is back in the news. "Serge" is making waves. All because actor Bronson Pinchot gave a very frank and revealing interview to AVClub.com. The biggest headline: On the set of 1983's Risky Business, co-star Tom Cruise made constant homophobic comments.
"He was tense and made constant, constant unrelated homophobic comments, like, 'You want some ice cream, in case there are no gay people there?' I mean, his lingo was larded with the most… There was no basis for it," Pinchot said in the interview. "It was like, 'It’s a nice day, I’m glad there are no gay people standing here.' Very, very strange."
Cruise's camp dismisses the comments. "Obviously this is so far removed from who Tom Cruise is as a person, this must have been said in jest," publicist Cheryl Maisel said on TVGuide.com.
Among the other '80s centric comments from Pinchot during the AVClub interview:
ON RISKY BUSINESS: "We didn’t know it was going to be a big hit. We thought Tom [Cruise] was the biggest bore on the face of the Earth. ... All of the actors who talked about him were like, 'What is this guy all about?' And you know, honestly, I never got it, and I don’t get it to this day. But it was his breakout film."
ON BEVERLY HILLS COP AND SERGE: "I almost didn’t do the movie, because my girlfriend and I had tickets to go to Florence, and they kept pushing the date back of when they were going to shoot it. ... I didn’t have any money, I was nobody, and I was just kidding around and having fun, and it came out, and people were following me around and shrieking and taking pictures, acting like I was a big deal."
ON PERFECT STRANGERS AND BALKI: "I discovered my inner physical comic there, because I felt that the writing was weak. I mean, I received my training in Shakespeare, Shaw, and Beckett... And so I put all my energy into coming up with physical business, and all of a sudden I was a physical comic, and that is exactly how it happened.
Read the full interview on AVClub.com for some amazing stories about being on set of Flamingo Kid, his testy relationship with Denzel Washington and his big affair with an extra while filming 1985's After Hours.