Tom Cruise saved 'Back to the Future' actress Lea Thompson from being forced to go topless for a movie scene
Tom Cruise was implementing the spirit of the MeToo movement almost 35 years ago, back in the year 1983
Tom Cruise has a special place in Lea Thompson's heart for his heroic act when they acted together on the movie 'All the Right Moves' when he stopped her from having to go topless for a scene.
The producers of the movie attempted to be forcing her to go topless or semi-nude for a scene and Tom stepped in and called them out on it, rescuing the actress from an uncomfortable situation. The 57-year-old actress shared with Closer Weekly, "This is a funny story about how generous he was."
"They wanted me to show my breasts twice in the script. I didn’t even audition because I didn’t want to take my shirt off, but I got the part and was like, 'OK.'"
Tom managed to talk them out of one of the [nude] scenes and, in the second, he said, "Well, if she has to be naked, I’ll be naked, too." That’s pretty badass! I’ve always been grateful to him for standing up to the producers," she continued.
With the Times Up movement and the #MeToo movement trying to shed light on the darkness that lies behind all the glitz and glam, it is amazing to hear that a renowned actor such as Tom Cruise was implementing the spirit of these movements almost 35 years ago, back in the year 1983.
The 'Times Up' movement was announced in The New York Times in 2017 with an open letter being posted on The Times Up website. The open letter spoke began with 'Dear Sisters' and called women to stand together in solidarity to help out women less fortunate. The letter was originally signed by around 400 women which include the likes of Meryl Streep, Melissa McCarthy, Michelle Pfeiffer, Goldie Hawn, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis, Gwyneth Paltrow, Nicole Kidman, Amy Schumer, Octavia Spencer, Jennifer Lawrence, Zoe Saldana and Jennifer Aniston, to name just a few.
As reported by Metro, Lea also revealed how she was close to her 'Back to the Future' co-star Michael J Fox. "[Those memories are] continuing because we’ve been doing panels together. He’s so funny, clever and self-deprecating, yet strong. If you want an old memory… I didn’t realize he was a star then."
In the past few months, shocking stories of harassment and misconduct have been brought to notice and many celebrities are putting their foot down. This has resulted in movements such as the 'Times Up' movement and the '#MeToo movement' gaining a lot of attention and highlighting the major issue of misconduct.
One of the biggest names in the industry, disgraced film mogul, Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual misconduct by around 80 women. Weinstein went on to flatly deny all the allegations that were made against him. He was known for his inappropriate behavior and manipulating women for sexual favors in exchange for a guaranteed role or part.
With Weinstein case brought to light, many other men in the industry such as the likes of Bill Cosby and Morgan Freeman were called out for their inappropriate, lewd, and shameful behavior against women in the industry.
This led to the largest US actors union, SAG-AFTRA, along with four major television networks: ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox, agreeing to limit auditions in private hotel rooms and spaces. As reported by Variety, the union's president, Gabrielle Carteris said that their aim was to eliminate the potential for "predators to exploit performers behind closed doors under the guise of a professional meeting."
She also added that the new guideline is a "partial realization of our work toward industry culture change." "To truly change the culture, we must be courageous and willing. At its most basic, this Code will ultimately help better define what harassment is, and what members' rights are in real-world situations. We are going further, however, with the launch of our Four Pillars of Change initiative to achieve safe workplaces and advance equity," she continued.
"This initiative gives members a clear understanding of their workplace rights and provides reliable guidance for members to navigate the unique environments of the entertainment, music and media industries," Carteris shared. The so-called casting couch is responsible for and has been known to have been used by corrupt men to seek sexual favors from actresses in exchange for a guaranteed part/role.
The Hollywood industry was outraged at the numerous complaints and accusations of sexual misconduct against the disgraced film mogul. Weinstein had the audacity to flatly deny all the allegations that were made against him in a Manhattan Supreme Court including charges of rape and sexual assault between 2004 and 2013.