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How Tom Cruise rescued co-star from topless scenes

BEFORE Lea Thompson found fame as an actress in 1985's Back to the Future, she scored her first big break opposite Tom Cruise in 1983's All the Right Moves.

And the star was quick to surprise her.

The film explores how a high school student (Cruise) clashes with his headstrong coach in a struggling Pennsylvania steel town.

"[The producers] wanted me to show my breasts twice in the script," the 57-year-old recently recalled to Closer Weekly.

"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 bada**! I've always been grateful to him for standing up to the producers."

 

All The Right Moves was Thompson’s big break.
All The Right Moves was Thompson’s big break.

And her time with Back to the Future co-star Michael J. Fox was just as wonderful.

The film told the story of 17-year-old high school student Marty McFly (Fox) who is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-travelling DeLorean invented by his close friend, scientist Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd). Thompson played his mother Lorraine Baines.

The pair appeared together in 1989's Back to the Future Part II, and 1990s Back to the Future Part III.

 

She found fame alongside Michael J. Fox in the sci-fi franchise.
She found fame alongside Michael J. Fox in the sci-fi franchise.

Thompson told the magazine she still keeps in touch with the 57-year-old actor.

"[Those memories are] continuing because we've been doing panels together," she explained. "He's so funny, clever and self-deprecating, yet strong. If you want an old memory … I didn't realise he was a star then. We shared a little trailer [on set], and we couldn't get out because these neighbourhood girls [trapped us inside]. I was like, 'I guess he really is famous!'"

This story originally appeared in Fox News and is republished here with permission.

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