Les Grossman: Tom Cruise’s Wildly Profane Redemption Song

The Les Grossman part in Tropic Thunder (2008) was added late because the screenwriting team thought they needed another villain besides a 12-year-old Asian drug kingpin. Tom Cruise was originally targeted for the lead ultimately played by Ben Stiller, but agreed to play Grossman and he played the part to the max: an iconically demonic portrayal of a Hollywood studio boss with many incredible one-liners–most of which are completely unrepeatable in decent company.

The Making of Les Grossman: An Oral History

Grantland.com, 7.30.15