Remember STRANGER DANGER and all those programs that teach you not to hop in a van with some creepy motherfella even if he promises you candy and puppies? Tom Cruise apparently pulled the same trick on poor Zac Efron.
“You ride motorcycles?” Cruise asked him. Alas, he didn’t. “You wanna learn how?” Cruise invited him out to his house, taught him how a motorcycle engine works, showed him the hangar with his dozens of pristine bikes–including the Triumphs he rode in the Mission: Impossible movies.
Efron was allowed to ride a pedigree-less dirt bike. “He made so many great movies,” Efron says of Cruise. “I get the feeling that he works really, really hard. It didn’t come from swagger with him. It came from dedication, hard work. You see it in the way he physicalizes everything. You watch The Last Samurai and that’s him! He’s really doing that.”
I ask Efron why he supposes Cruise bothered reaching out to him. “I don’t know,” he says. “I don’t even want to know. It’s just so cool that he gave a shit, the fact that he cared at all. No one else did that.”
It sounds like some creepy play date. I am surprised he didn’t finish the story by explaining that “Tom then came out wearing a saddle and asking if I knew what a mustache ride was.”
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