"I remember one of the first times I came to L.A.," he continues. "Penn and I were eating at some restaurant, and we were young actors. As we're walking out of the restaurant, a Mercedes pulls up, and this guy asks us for directions. We look in, and there's John Belushi. He was in a small, two-seater gold Mercedes and I was in my Nikes. We were walking, and he's asking us for directions to Sunset, and I remember both of us just looking at each other like, Man, this is John Belushi! We pointed north, and off he went."
"You have any other funny stories about living in Los Angeles?" I ask.
"I've got a good funny story," he answers. "I came out and I was reading for something. Afterward I thought, Well, I did a pretty good job on that reading. And I remember looking at the casting director, and he said, 'So, how long you going to be in town for?' And I said, 'Oh, I don't know, about a week,' and I'm thinking they're going to call me back. And he said, 'A week?' And I said, 'Yeah, a week.' And he said, 'Get a tan.' "
Cruise didn't get the part - and still hasn't gotten the tan. Instead, he turned golden.