As Marc Jackson says on his NBA broadcasts: “Mama, there goes that man.”
Look, say what you will about his height, Scientology, and that whole couch thing, but Tom Cruise is a god damn legend. This may be a little bit of a hot take, but Tom Cruise was like Leo before Leo was. He was the premier movie star, making $20 million per movie and slaying any woman he wanted. There are few men on Earth who lived a life as sweet as peak-Tom Cruise.
But back in the day, before he committed to Scientology, Cruise just wanted everyone to believe he was a do-gooding church boy.
Before he was the world’s biggest movie star and the frontman for Scientology, Tom Cruise apparently spent his days on the Risky Business set turning down happy hour for “Bible reading” and getting bjs from a long line of admirers instead
Cruise apparently made “straight arrows look like corkscrews” when they weren’t shooting, and Armstrong would ask him to come out for drinks when they’d wrap each day, but Cruise would politely refuse. “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.”
However, his co-star, Curtis Armstrong, said that couldn’t be further from the truth:
“Returning late one night, I found three or four young girls — late teens, I suspect — lined up in the hall 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,” Armstrong writes. “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.” Armstrong laughs at his naivety now, marveling at the impressiveness at it all.
“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.”
I mean … OF COURSE Tom Cruise had hunnies lined up outside of his room. Risky Business came out in 1983, which puts Cruise at about 21-years-old. Could you imagine being a 21-year-old with movie star looks and money? In all honesty, I would probably end up killing myself with those resources.