Tom Cruise Has a Hilarious Story About How Landed His Les Grossman Role in ‘Tropic Thunder’ — ‘I Want Fat Hands, and I’m Gonna Dance’

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Tom Cruise has lengthy been praised for his versatility as an actor, starring in quite a few films in almost each style. However, followers have been nonetheless shocked to see him within the 2008 comedy Tropic Thunder

Many individuals puzzled why and the way he ended up touchdown a job within the movie. Years later, Cruise defined the way it all occurred. 

Tom Cruise noticed the ‘Tropic Thunder’ script whereas hanging out with Ben Stiller

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Cruise and Stiller have had a relationship for a few years and regularly discuss their upcoming initiatives when hanging out. Cruise initially discovered about Tropic Thunder whereas the 2 have been watching a film, and was immediately hooked. 

“I read the script, and he had all of the characters, but the studio wasn’t there,” Cruise advised BBC Radio 1 in 2017. “There was a structural compression missing down on those characters, you know, that keeps the pressure on these guys that really drives the story. I was like, ‘You need the studio.’”

He needed ‘fat hands’ and free reign to bop 

After their dialog, Stiller went to work on the script and fleshed out the concepts extra. When he got here again to Cruise with the up to date draft, Cruise knew he needed to be concerned.

“So he came back, like a few weeks later, and I started reading. I read this character and I went, ‘Okay.’ I said, ‘This is fun,’ I said, ‘Do you mind Ben? I want to play this character. I said, ‘I want to have fat hands, and I’m gonna dance.’ And he looked at me, he was like, ‘What?’ …”

Tom Cruise’s dance strikes received Ben Stiller over 

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Stiller initially didn’t perceive Cruise’s intention with the position, confused by Cruise’s costume concepts and characterization. Cruise knew he wanted to indicate Stiller the complete picture of the Les Grossman character to ensure that Stiller to understand it. 

“He said, ‘Look, are you sure you can’t just be you? Like, look like you and do it?’” Cruise stated. “I said, ‘No, no, no man, I’m sorry, I don’t know how else to play this character.’ So then I did the makeup test, we’ve tested the fat hands, you know, and the whole look, and so we’re doing the wardrobe and there was no music playing … I said, ‘Look, let me just—I wanna do some moves for you.’ You know, so I just started working, you know, on less, you know just kind of moving like that [motions awkwardly].”

After watching Cruise showcase his unusual dance strikes, Stiller lastly understood what Cruise needed to do as Les Grossman. Stiller ended up calling Cruise again, laughing hysterically, 

“He just called me, and it was—he was laughing … he picked the music out, he edited this thing together, he was just pissing himself,” Cruise stated. “And he sent it to me, he’s like, ‘Okay, I get it, I get it.’”

‘Tropic Thunder’ was well-received by critics and followers

Jam-packed with Hollywood juggernauts together with Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black, and Matthew McConaughey, Tropic Thunder was extraordinarily well-liked. The movie went on to gross over $195 million, based on Box Office Mojo, and each Cruise and Downey earned Golden Globe nominations for his or her performances. 

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