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Tom Cruise 'Toasted' By Peers at Friars Club

by 11:03 AM PDT, June 13, 2012
Playing Tom Cruise 'Toasted' By Peers at Friars Club

Tom Cruise became only the fourth person to receive the Friars Club's top entertainment award last night and ET's Christina McLarty was on the red carpet to speak to some of his co-stars about what the megastar is really like on the set.

Cuba Gooding Jr. -- who starred with Tom in the 1996 hit Jerry Maguire -- revealed that his co-star is "calculated" in everything he does, even to the extent of making a point to get to know all the people on set by name. Cuba also revealed a secret about how he first spoke his famous line in the movie "Show Me the Money."

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Another Jerry Maguire co-star, Jonathan Lipnicki, told Christina he got some great advice from Tom on the set even though he was just six years old at the time. "His playfulness on set, which is really what you need to have the spontaneity to make a great movie -- it was contagious. And his work ethic was contagious"

The Rock of Ages star said he wasn't nervous because the evening was meant to be a toast rather that a roast, but added that he was completely humbled by receiving the Friars Club's Entertainment Icon Award. So far the honor has only been bestowed on industry legends Douglas Fairbanks, Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra. "When I look at the names of the people beforehand, it is very humbling. I'm really kind of amazed by it, to be honest."

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Watch the video to also see Tom's reaction to a clip of him hosting an ET special 15 years ago and to hear Today show host Matt Lauer recall his controversial interview with Tom and reveal how the two eventually became friendly again.

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