The now multi-millionaire psycho cult alien childs father used to hitch rides with the men picking up sex workers outside New York's Holland Tunnel when he was a struggling actor.
Cruise revealed to Britain's Sunday Times newspaper:
"There were prostitutes, who used to be around the tunnel, who knew me. They'd see me and they'd go, 'Look, I'll pick up a john and you jump in'. So I'd ride through the tunnel to New Jersey.
"The driver's a little like, 'What's this guy doing in the back seat?' But he saw I'm just this 18-year-old kid. I didn't look dangerous.
"And they didn't do anything sexual in front of me. I'd get out in New Jersey and say, 'Thank you very much'. Then I'd hitchhike home."