If you’ve followed Tom Cruise’s brilliant career from the very beginning, you know that he worked with some of the biggest names in cinema before his breakthrough with Top Gun. And during the same interviewThe Graham Norton Show,” Cruz regaled the talk show host and his co-stars with a couple of hilarious stories, one of which involved an unfortunate culinary decision he made for Francis Ford Coppola’s stylish 1983 ensemble drama The Outsiders.
This decision led to Cruz getting into a complicated digestive loop in a scene where he and several respected actors in the film deal with a family problem. In a conversational scene, Cruise’s Steve Randle participates in the conversation while munching on a chocolate cake. According to Cruise, the decision to eat the cake in this scene was innocent enough. “I was working with Coppola,” he said, “and I was like, ‘You know what, I’m going to eat chocolate cake in this scene… that’s part of the character, I’m going to eat chocolate cake.’ .'”
This choice soon haunted Cruise as the scene took longer to film than anticipated. “We ended up filming this scene for three days,” he told Norton, “and did about 100 takes where I was eating chocolate cake and I had to keep eating it.” Cruz went on to add that the first few takes were pretty enjoyable. But by the end of the third day, he had drunk more than enough, stating, “I was in sugar shock, I was throwing up.” Culinary regrets aside, the cake scene is proof that even early in his career, Cruz did everything necessary to make the moment memorable.