Tom Cruise’s Publicist Responds to Bronson Pinchot’s ‘Risky’ Comments
In a recent interview with the Onion, character actor Bronson Pinchot (Perfect Strangers, Beverly Hills Cop, True Romance) railed off about his odds-and-ends career in Hollywood–especially his memories of working with A-List celebrities like Tom Cruise, Eddie Murphy and Denzel Washington. He has particular disdain for Cruise, whom he accuses of being homophobic on the set of Risky Business. He said,
“We thought Tom was the biggest bore on the face of the Earth,” Pinchot recalls. “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. He made such a big deal about it. Same thing with Eddie Murphy.”
During his experience filming Courage Under Fire, he remembers Denzel Washington being a terror to work with.
“He was really abusive to me and everybody on that movie, and his official explanation was that his character didn’t like me, but it was a dreadful experience…[He's] one of the most unpleasant human beings I’ve ever met in my life.”
Pinchot’s candid comments have so far pissed off at least one Hollywood superstar. Tom Cruise’s publicist, Cheryl Maisel, tells TV Guide Magazine, “Obviously this is so far removed from who Tom Cruise is as a person, this must have been said in jest.” Yeah, great bit! Maybe he should take his act to the Laugh Factory. As for Pinchot, I admire his chutzpah. I wish other celebrities would do interviews without their filters on as well. Imagine all the stories that are out there!