5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About "Risky Business"

On August 5, 1983, the film Risky Business, starring Tom Cruise opened in theaters across the country. Here are five things you probably didn't know about the 80s classic "Risky Business"...


The Original Movie Title Was "White Boys Off the Lake" Because Risky Business takes place next to Lake Michigan, it was almost given a completely different title, as confirmed by its writer and director Paul Brickman.“The working title was White Boys off the Lake,” Brickman has been quoted as saying. “I think the studio rejected that because it sounded like an off-Broadway play. So we started doing word association to come up with a new title.”

The Director Wasn’t That Impressed With Tom Cruise Cruise was working in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on The Outsiders when he was called to audition for the role of Joel in Risky Business. He showed up at the office with a chipped tooth, greasy hair, and sporting a jean jacket and Oklahoma accent, so director Paul Brickman wasn’t impressed. Cruise said he went for a second audition with Rebecca De Mornay, and it wasn’t that good, but Brickman believed he could still perform in the role.


The Underwear Scene Was Improvised In what became the movie’s most iconic moment, Cruise dances to “Old Time Rock and Roll” in his underwear, using a candlestick holder as his microphone. Filmed in Skokie, Illinois, in a schoolhouse, Cruise ad-libbed the entire scene, sliding across the floor in his socks with his collar turned up and dancing around the room. In the script, it only said: “Joel dances in underwear through the house.”

Tom Cruise And Rebecca De Mornay Dated in Real Life Tom Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay began dating during the movie’s production, which made for a slightly awkward scenario. The long-distance relationship between Cruise and De Mornay dissolved some time after Cruise shot the film Legend, in London, and before he went off to film Top Gun.

The Movie Caused Sales of Ray-Ban Wayfarers to Increase by 2,000 Percent Back in the early '80s, Ray-Ban sales were poor and the company was about to discontinue Wayfarers. The brand needed a life raft. And one came…in the form of a pants-free Tom Cruise. When Risky Business came out in 1983, Tom Cruise and his iconic Wayfarers rescued the Ray-Ban brand. After the release of Risky Business, Wayfarer sales rocketed by some 2,000 percent, confirming the power of Tom Cruise.