Tom Cruise's former manager recalls him refusing to speak to waitress because he was 'still in character'

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By Nika Shakhnazarova

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Tom Cruise's former manager has recalled a time when the actor allegedly refused to speak to a waitress when she recognized him because he was "still in character".

Eileen Berlin, 82, worked with the Hollywood star at the beginning of his career and even let the actor stay at her home.

She's now opening up on her once-close working relationship with the Top Gun star.

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Berlin told Daily Mail that Cruise was "sweet, respectful and mannerly to a fault" and "always addressed me as 'ma'am' and my husband as 'sir'."

However, she also recalled seeing his less appealing side.

While she was managing Cruise, she said the now-famous actor refused to speak to a waitress at lunch because he was "still in character" while shooting the 1981 movie, Taps, in Pennsylvania.

"The waitress asked him 'Aren't you one of the actors?'" Berlin recalled, saying that Cruise was upset that the waitress had recognized him. "Tom said to us, 'Please tell her not to ask me any questions. I'm still in character.'"

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Berlin said Cruise was a "perfectionist" when it came to his movie career.

"What I have never seen is a real display of happiness in Tommy," she explained. "He was always very, very ambitious, very, very determined to be a star. And that made him a perfectionist. That's what drove him when I managed him and I'm sure that's what drives him now."

Elsewhere in her interview, Berlin recalled seeing Cruise's alleged ill-tempered behavior.

"Tommy had a terrible temper," she said, recalling an incident when Cruise was allegedly unhappy with a present she gave him for his 19th birthday.

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"I presented him with an album with all his publicity articles from teen magazines," she recalled, adding: "He screamed, 'I don't want to be in the teen mags.'"

"It was like something was smoldering and it would boil up and explode. I put it down to his insecurity."

She went on: "He had told me he considered himself an adult, not a teen idol. He threw the album hard at me and it hit me on the cheek."

Featured image credit: Sebastian Frej / Alamy

Tom Cruise's former manager recalls him refusing to speak to waitress because he was 'still in character'

vt-author-image

By Nika Shakhnazarova

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Tom Cruise's former manager has recalled a time when the actor allegedly refused to speak to a waitress when she recognized him because he was "still in character".

Eileen Berlin, 82, worked with the Hollywood star at the beginning of his career and even let the actor stay at her home.

She's now opening up on her once-close working relationship with the Top Gun star.

[[imagecaption|| Credit: insidefoto srl / Alamy]]

Berlin told Daily Mail that Cruise was "sweet, respectful and mannerly to a fault" and "always addressed me as 'ma'am' and my husband as 'sir'."

However, she also recalled seeing his less appealing side.

While she was managing Cruise, she said the now-famous actor refused to speak to a waitress at lunch because he was "still in character" while shooting the 1981 movie, Taps, in Pennsylvania.

"The waitress asked him 'Aren't you one of the actors?'" Berlin recalled, saying that Cruise was upset that the waitress had recognized him. "Tom said to us, 'Please tell her not to ask me any questions. I'm still in character.'"

[[imagecaption|| Tom Cruise in the 1981 film Taps. Credit: AF archive / Alamy]]

Berlin said Cruise was a "perfectionist" when it came to his movie career.

"What I have never seen is a real display of happiness in Tommy," she explained. "He was always very, very ambitious, very, very determined to be a star. And that made him a perfectionist. That's what drove him when I managed him and I'm sure that's what drives him now."

Elsewhere in her interview, Berlin recalled seeing Cruise's alleged ill-tempered behavior.

"Tommy had a terrible temper," she said, recalling an incident when Cruise was allegedly unhappy with a present she gave him for his 19th birthday.

[[imagecaption|| Credit: Sebastian Frej / Alamy]]

"I presented him with an album with all his publicity articles from teen magazines," she recalled, adding: "He screamed, 'I don't want to be in the teen mags.'"

"It was like something was smoldering and it would boil up and explode. I put it down to his insecurity."

She went on: "He had told me he considered himself an adult, not a teen idol. He threw the album hard at me and it hit me on the cheek."

Featured image credit: Sebastian Frej / Alamy