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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Bronson Pinchot: "(Tom Cruise) Made Constant, Unrelated Homophobic Comments" On Set Of Risky Business

Bronson Pinchot -- aka the naive but vaguely mischievous "Balki Bartokomous" of that significant 80s artifact Perfect Strangers -- made his film debut in the 1983 cult classic Risky Business. He talked with Nathan Rabin of The Onion AVClub about the making of that vehicle which propelled Tom Cruise into the stratosphere. It's not good, people. From TheOnionAVClub (via TheAwl):

"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. He had spent some formative time with Sean Penn—we were all very young at the time, Tom was 20, I was 23. Tom had picked up this knack of calling everyone by their character names, because that would probably make your performance better, and I don’t agree with that. I think that acting is acting, and the rest of the time, you should be you, but he called us all by our character names. 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. It was like, 'It’s a nice day, I’m glad there are no gay people standing here.' Very, very strange."

Or profoundly meaningful. "Obviously, this is so far removed from who Tom Cruise is as a person, this must have been said in jest,” Cruise's rep told EW. Oh, sure *cough* obviously.

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