Tom Cruise is now the template for a Hollywood box-office star. But it wasn’t always that way. In 1982, he was 21 years old and a fledgling talent, having coerced his parents’ blessing to move to New York City and become an actor three years before. He went to Los Angeles soon after and landed roles in Endless Love and Taps. But his next movie, The Outsiders, would become a classic, and Cruise talked his way into the film.