File this under strange but intriguing. In his recent Details cover story (with accompanying semi-steamy photo spread), Zac Efron reveals, among other nuggets, that he learned how to ride a motorcycle from none other than Tom Cruise.
“You ride motorcycles?” Cruise asked him. Alas, he didn’t. “You wanna learn how?” Cruise invited him out to his house, taught him how a motorcycle engine works, showed him the hangar with his dozens of pristine bikes — including the Triumphs he rode in the Mission: Impossible movies. Efron was allowed to ride a pedigree-less dirt bike.
As for Cruise’s motivation for offering to teach young Zefron in the ways of the hog, the former High School Musical star didn’t want to dwell on it:
I ask Efron why he supposes Cruise bothered reaching out to him. “I don’t know,” he says. “I don’t even want to know. It’s just so cool that he gave a shit, the fact that he cared at all. No one else did that.”