Tom Cruise bamboozled legendary producer Jerry Bruckheimer when he got his iconic role in "Top Gun," the actor revealed in a never-before-told story.
"OK, this is really funny. Jerry, I've never told you this story. The truth is that after the first meeting, I met with [director Tony Scott], Jerry and Paramount Pictures. I got in the car and I was flying to New York. I told my agent, 'I'm going to make this movie, but don't tell Jerry I want to make this movie, because I want to fly with the Blue Angels,'" he said. "You've got work these things, you know? I'm a businessman. Also, I said, 'I want to fly the F-14. I've got to have at least three flights in the F-14. I want all the training.'"
Tom later looked at the camera and addressed his producing pal. "Sorry, Jerry, I forgot you and I never really had that conversation."
But, it wasn't all fun and games once Tom got up in the air, regardless of how flawless he made it look on screen.
"I vomited with the Blue Angels," Tom, who is now a licensed pilot, said. "I've always wanted to fly airplanes my whole life. I traveled around and I had two pictures: a picture of P-51 and a Spitfire."
Once the training was done and it was time to film, Tom flew with a guy named Bozo (not joking).
"As Bozo was going through the check sheet, Cruise noticed the emergency lights were on—"and we were about to take off!" he recalled. "I remember saying, 'Bozo, these lights...There's a lot of red lights.' He's like, 'Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah.' He starts turning them off. I'm like, 'OK.' He's like, 'They don't call me Bozo for nothing.'"
"I remember, the first flight in the morning, we were going really hard and were moving around, and we did like nine and half Gs—very hard on my body—and I had the vomit bag [by my legs]," Tom told the late night host. "In between takes, I just quickly leaned down to quickly empty my guts into this bag. There was an A-4 over here, and an F-14, and the second I did that, he pulls up."
That was a problem.
"My head was on the ground! I was pressed on the floor holding my vomit. I'm trying to press the talk button; it was on the foot. I kept going, 'Bozo! Bozo! Bozo!' I was choking, and he just kept pulling up and up and up," Tom said. "Finally, he released and we were going straight ahead. I said, 'Bozo, what's the matter with you, man? Didn't you see? You pulled up and my head was hitting the floor.'" But Bozo wasn't bothered. According to the actor, Bozo responded, "'Well, I told you they don't call me Bozo for nothing.'"
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