Pinchot suggested his theater background played a role in how he viewed Cruise's "homophobic" comments on the set of 1983's Risky Business.
"Coming straight out of the world of theater, as essentially all the supporting male actors did, where homophobic language was not heard, I remember thinking [Cruise's] use of it was remarkable and excessive," Pinchot said. "However, it is also true to say, in hindsight, that for a 20 year-old with no background in theater, such language is actually unremarkable. Which I did not know at 23."
About Washington, whom Pinchot called "abusive" and one of the most unpleasant people he's ever met, he did a little less backpedaling. "I regret my choice of words there," Pinchot said. "[I] would like to amend my statement by saying I found his willingness to be ungenerous, unkind, knowingly hurtful both mentally and physically to myself and the crew to be the saddest misuse of stardom I have ever experienced or hope to experience."
Pinchot argued he was just as open about his own shortcomings with the satirical news outlet.
"I don't think I was any less forthcoming about my own weak points," Pinchot said. "Of course, no excerpted version of the Onion article will ever be able to communicate that, and it doesn't make a juicy sound bite, but it's true."