‘Perfect Strangers’ Star Says Tom Cruise Is Homophobic

by | October 21, 2009 at 4:20 PM | TV News

Bronson Pinchot was made famous on the 80′s hit ‘Perfect Strangers,’ where he played bumbling cousin Balki. But he’s also been in films alongside many A-list stars, some with infamous tempers.

And cousin Balki is now telling all in an interview with AV Club.

Pinchot said that Tom Cruise, his co-star in ‘Risky Business,’ 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.”

The actor added that it was ironic that years later Cruise was plagued with rumors about his own sexuality. “When people started to torment him with that, I used to think “God, that’s really fitting,” he said. “Because he tormented a lot of people as a 20-year-old.”

He went on to talk about playing gay roles – and people incorrectly assuming he was gay. “These organizations I had never heard of would come to me and say, “Would you host the gay and lesbian whatever?”" he said. “And I was like, “Why? Because I’m playing this role?” And then it would be like wink, wink–it was very weird.”’

On Denzel Washington, his co-star in ‘Courage Under Fire’: “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.”

But Pinchot only had the nicest things to say about Tom Hanks. “He is a wonderful and genuine and lovely and down-to-earth person. I don’t know how he does that,” he said. “He’s always been a delightful person, so it’s not really true that big stars need to be driven and repulsive, because he’s anything but.”

And in one of his latest films, ‘You And I,’ Pinchot says he also made ‘Beautiful Life’ star Mischa Barton cry.

In one of their scenes together, he was asked to make her character upset.

“She was a very sweet kid, actually. Rather brave in a way,” he said. “Because I asked her what she wanted me to do, and she said, “Talk about my hips and my ass, that’ll make me cry.” And it’s like, “Yikes. Well, at least I have it from the horse’s mouth.”