Quotable: Tom Cruise Was Broke When He Got His Big Break

“The audition [for 'Taps'] was in New York. I said one line. That was it. I had long hair at the time, so they said, ‘Hold up your hair.’ Then ‘Thank you.’ I don’t know why, but… I thought I’d get it. It wasn’t arrogance. I had a quarter in my pocket — and that was it. I’m telling you: I didn’t have bus fare to get back to where my mom was living in Jersey. I remember… standing outside the Holland Tunnel, and hitchhiking.”

Tom Cruise tells Esquire about his big break. I don’t know about you guys, but whenever I read accounts like these — and celebrities all seem to have a similar story — I always think the key to success (or maybe just fame?) is being broke. But then why didn’t anything ever come out of my twenties?

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