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’

Tom Cruise has long been praised for his versatility as an actor, appearing in several films in almost every genre. However, fans were still surprised to see it in the 2008 comedy Tropical Thunder.

Many people were wondering why and how he ended up in the film. Years later, Cruise explained how it happened.

Tom Cruise saw the script ‘Tropic Thunder’ while hanging out with Ben Stiller

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Cruise and Stiller have had a relationship for several years and often talk about their upcoming projects when they hang out. First Cruise found out about it Tropical Thunder while the two were watching a movie, and he was immediately captured.

“I read the script, and it had all the characters, but the studio wasn’t there,” Cruise said BBC Radio 1 in 2017. “These characters needed a structural tension, you know, that keeps the pressure on those people who are very much in charge of the story. I was like, ‘You need the studio.’ ”

He wanted ‘fat hands’ and free rule for dancing

After their conversation, Stiller went to work on the script and reissued the comments. When he returned to Cruise with the updated version, Cruise knew he had to get involved.

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

Tom Cruise dance moves Ben Stiller over

At first Stiller didn’t understand Cruise’s intent with the role, confused by Cruise’s suit ideas and character. Cruise knew he had to show Stiller the full character image of Les Grossman in order for Stiller to appreciate it.

He said, ‘Look, are you sure you can’t be alone? Like, ‘look like you and do it?’ Cruise said. “I said, ‘No, no, no one, 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 scene, so we do the wardrobe and there was no music. play… I said, ‘Look, just let me – I want to make a move for you. ‘You know, so I started working, you know, on less, you know just kind of move like that [motions awkwardly]. ”

After watching Cruise show off his weird dance moves, Stiller finally realized what Cruise wanted to do as Les Grossman. Stiller ended up calling Cruise back, laughing jokingly,

“He named me, and he was – he was laughing … he chose the music, he edited this thing together, he was just torturing himself,” Cruise said. “And he sent it to me, it’s like, ‘Okay, I’ll get it, I’ll get it. ”

‘Tropic Thunder’ enjoyed critics and fans

Full of Hollywood juggernauts including Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black, and Matthew McConaughey, Tropical Thunder it was very popular. The film went on to earn more than $ 195 million, according to Mojo Box Office, and both Cruise and Downey won Golden Globe nominations for their achievements.

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