Actor Tom Cruise was boring and homophobic on the set of a 1983 film, a co-star claims.

Bronson Pinchot, who starred in Perfect Strangers, worked with Cruise on Risky Business.

In an interview with The Onion’s AV Club, a satirical website, Pinchot said: “[Cruise] was the biggest bore on the face of the Earth. He had spent some formative time with Sean Penn – we were all very young at the time.

“Tom had picked up this knack of calling everyone by their character names, because that would probably make your performance better, and I don’t agree with that. I think that acting is acting, and the rest of the time, you should be you, but he called us all by our character names.

“He was tense and made constant, constant unrelated homophobic comments, like, ‘You want some ice cream, in case there are no gay people there?’ I mean, his lingo was larded with the most … There was no basis for it. It was like, ‘It’s a nice day, I’m glad there are no gay people standing here.’ Very, very strange.

“Years and years later when people started to torment him with that, I used to think ‘God, that’s really fitting, because he tormented a lot of people as a 20-year-old’. It is what it is; there’s nothing I can add to it. If someone’s 20 years old and every third line out of their mouth is anti-something specific, then draw your own conclusion.”

Pinchot added: “He always talked about himself like he was a mega-superstar; that was weird, too.”

Cruise’s publicist Cheryl Maisel said: “Obviously this is so far removed from who Tom Cruise is as a person, this must have been said in jest.”