5. Risky Business’ Dance Scene
Widely considered the movie that fully launched Tom Cruise’s acting career, 1983’s Risky Business is a landmark film. It may not be the same sort of blockbuster fare as Cruise’s more recent films, like the massively successful Top Gun: Maverick or the Mission: Impossible franchise, but it remains a well-loved ’80s teen comedy. Not only was it a critical and commercial success, but Risky Business also had a lasting impact on pop culture.
One of the most instantly recognizable scenes from Risky Business is Cruise dancing around his family home in his underwear to Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock and Roll”. In fact, the scene is so iconic that even those who have never seen Risky Business can picture it: Cruise is wearing a pink button-down shirt, white socks, and a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses. Or is he?
In actual fact, the sunglasses are nowhere to be seen during Cruise’s iconic dance scene. He does famously wear them in the movie, and is seen donning them on the poster, but he doesn’t wear Ray-Bans at all during the film’s most memorable scene. The most probably reason for people remembering their inclusion is the Saturday Night Live skit parodying the scene features Ray-Bans, as do many other spoofs of Cruise’s slide and subsequent uninhibited dance number. Even so, Cruise didn’t wear the glasses at all during the original scene, even though many people claim to remember otherwise.