According to a new memoir from actor Curtis Armstrong, business wasn’t the only thing that was risky about the 1983 Tom Cruise hit.
In an excerpt from the book obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Armstrong — best known for playing Booger in the “Revenge of the Nerds” movies — reveals that there were some serious shenanigans going on during the filming of “Risky Business”, including a steamy affair between Cruise, then 19, and on-screen love interest Rebecca De Mornay, 23.
“It’s no secret that Tom engaged in an intense affair during the shooting with De Mornay,” Armstrong writes in the upcoming book, Revenge of the Nerd, noting that this relationship was complicated by the fact that De Mornay was, at the time, romantically involved with actor Harry Dean Stanton, known for roles in such films as “Repo Man” and “Paris, Texas”.
As Armstrong recalls, Stanton — a veteran character actor three decades older than De Mornay — would drop by the set often to visit, which did not go over well with Cruise. “I suspect that most of Harry Dean’s great qualities were lost on Tom, who, I think, was beginning to regard him as a guest overstaying his welcome,” Armstrong writes.
However, he adds that Cruise’s relationship with De Mornay was far from exclusive. “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,” writes Armstrong.
“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,” he adds. “This was a young man who knew something about time management and understood how to successfully juggle Bible study and b**w jobs.”
Neither Cruise nor De Mornay have commented on Armstrong’s claims.