Balki Gets Mad, Blasts Homphobic Cruise, Vile Washington, and Difficult Midler

October 21, 2009

Bronson Pinchot, the man you played the wacky, lovable foreigner Balki on Perfect Strangers, has slammed Tom Cruise, Denzel Washington and Bette Midler.

In an in depth interview with The AV Club, Pinchot dishes the dirt on all the famous people he’s worked with. Pinchot’s first film role was Risky Business where he starred with a then 20-year-old Tom Cruise. According to Pinchot no one on the movie thought the film would be a hit and there was a consensus that Cruise was a “bore.”  He tells The AV Club that Tom “was tense and made constant, constant unrelated homophobic comments... He always talked about himself like he was a mega-superstar; that was weird, too."

Pinchot’s most harrowing onset experience was working with Denzel Washington on Courage Under Fire, a time he calls a “low  point” in his life. According to Pinchot,"[Washington] was really abusive to me and everybody on that movie, and his official explanation was that his character didn't like me, but it was a dreadful experience. I spent my salary on time with my shrink just for helping me get through it." Apparently the script supervisor on the film said it was like “watching somebody kick a puppy.”

The 50-year-old actor does not have kind words for Bette Midler either. He worked with her on The First Wives Club and calls her a “b##ch.” He said she made the director’s life a living hell.

Pinchot does have some kind words for one A list actor, Tom Hanks. He calls the actor “a wonderful and genuine and lovely and down-to-earth person.”

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