It’s one of those slow news days again, so we’ll end the day, as we did last night, with some more Hollywood scuttlebutt, though this is far more interesting and detailed. The AV Club ran an absolutely fascinating interview with Bronson Pinchot today — you remember? The guy from “Perfect Strangers”? The interview and, specifically, his thoughts about certain celebrities that he’s worked with, is honest and candid, almost to a fault. He gets a little … snotty … occasionally, but I do like the refreshing honesty, though it’s probably not going to get him any work anytime soon.
You really should go read the entire piece — it’s worth ten minutes of your time. And just to help sell it, the biggest piece of gossip concerns Tom Cruise, specifically, Pinchot’s observations of him on the set of Risky Business:
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.
He goes on some more about Cruise. He also speaks highly of Tom Hanks, not so highly of Eddie Murphy. He’s uncomfortably honest about his time on “Perfect Strangers” (“I should have been able to go somewhere and get treated for some serious depression, based on the fact that I had some bad stuff happen when I was a kid, but I didn’t want to. And so I was actually quite depressed during ‘Perfect Strangers’”). He suggested Denzel Washington was abusive, that Bette Midler was a bitch, etc. etc.
It’s a cool piece from a source you wouldn’t really expect much out of. But then again, Pinchot doesn’t really have a lot going on anymore, so why not be honest?