Cuba Gooding Jr. took home the gold at the 1997 Oscars for his portrayal as the brash, catchphrase spinning football star, Rod Tidwell. But now Gooding revealed that his father that may have actually said the most memorable line, behind the scenes.
The “Red Tails” actor told Graham Norton that he “almost fainted” during his father’s visit to the set of “Jerry Maguire” when he asked Tom Cruise if he was gay.
“He gave Tom Cruise a hug and said, ‘I love you man. Now seriously, are you gay or not?’” Gooding recalled, saying that Cruise played it cool; laughing off the interaction, he said no.
Gooding told Norton the comment led him to ban his father from future set visits. (No kidding.)
Also — just in case you run into Gooding at a bar — he is not terribly fond of the movie’s actual catch-phrase, “Show me the money!”
“It doesn’t go away. I get it all the time,” he said. “I wish I had a wand that would make people disappear whenever they say it.
It’s hard especially when some drunk in a bar asks and finally you say it and he says, ‘no, say it like you said it in the movie!’”