Bronson Pinchot Opens Up About Life and Co-Stars

bronson-pinchotI admit that I do like a good public disclosure. It’s cathartic, in a way; perhaps not for the stars, but for my perceptions of them. I don’t know if there’s any backlash for it. We’re in the unique age where millions can learn what you say privately. Everything said within enclosed walls might as well be a public announcement on television.

Bronson Pinchot, best known for his role as Balki Bartokomous on the ABC sitcom Perfect Strangers, held a long delineation about many of his past experiences with the AV Club. He had very kind things to say about people who he had worked with or known, such as Martin Scorsese and Tom Hanks, but then he excoriated Tom Cruise:

We didn’t know it was going to be a big hit. We thought Tom [Cruise] was the biggest bore on the face of the Earth. He had spent some formative time with Sean Penn—we were all very young at the time, Tom was 20, I was 23. Tom had picked up this knack of calling everyone by their character names, because that would probably make your performance better, and I don’t agree with that. I think that acting is acting, and the rest of the time, you should be you, but he called us all by our character names. He was tense and made constant, constant unrelated homophobic comments, like, “You want some ice cream, in case there are no gay people there?” I mean, his lingo was larded with the most… There was no basis for it. It was like, “It’s a nice day, I’m glad there are no gay people standing here.” Very, very strange.

It’s refreshing when someone is that candid because there are often repurcusions for words that extend beyond trite platitudes. Even when an actor is trying to be revealing, he or she would rather defer than offend. The entire conversation is an interesting exploration of a long career full of work from a nice human angle that you rarely see, so it’s worth reading until the end.