We’ve never heard a whole lot about Tom Cruise’s personal life, particularly as it pertains to women. But you have to wonder how in the world he was able to keep something as outrageous as girls lined up outside of his hotel room (and not to go over lines) while he was filming Risky Business under wraps all these years.
Cruise was a virtually unknown 20-year-old actor at the time who had just two bit part credits in the movies Taps and The Outsiders to his name. As his Risky Business co-star Curtis Armstrong, of Revenge of The Nerds fame, tells it in his new memoir, he found out soon after they began filming that Cruise’s altar boy persona was nothing more than a superficial veneer.
“I would ask him at the end of the day if he would like to join us at the bar for a drink,” Armstrong writes. “No, I recall him saying, ‘Got an early call tomorrow. Got to work out, study my lines. And then I like to read the Bible a little before bed.'”
Armstrong says that Cruise “made straight arrows look like corkscrews.” Until the night he finally saw the man behind the mask.
“But then, 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,'” Armstrong said. “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…”
Apparently, playing up the church boy angle is how he’s been able to fly under the radar all these years. Now that the secret’s out, though, hopefully we’ll hear more juicy stuff like this.