"He gave Tom Cruise a hug and said, 'I love you man. Now seriously, are you gay or not?'" Gooding, 44, recalled during an appearance on England's The Graham Norton Show (airing Friday). "I almost fainted. And I thought, 'Please Lord, let me disappear."
Cruise, 49, wasn't offended by his costar's father's wrongful assumption. "Tom just laughed and said, "No." (Cruise was wed to Nicole Kidman from 1990-2001; he has been married to Katie Holmes since 2006.)
"It doesn’t go away. I get it all the time. I wish I had a wand that would make people disappear whenever they say it," Gooding said. "It's hard especially when some drunk guy in a bar asks and finally you say it and he says, 'No, say it like you said it in the movie!'"
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