Tom Cruise talks about what it was like to work with Jack Nicholson.

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In the dramatic 1992 courtroom thriller A Few Good Men, Tom's character, Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee, is assigned to defend two Marines on trial for murder. When Jack Nicholson takes the stand as Colonel Nathan Jessep, the questioning begins and tension builds. In that moment, Tom and Jack deliver the famous lines that are still quoted today.

Jack: You want answers?

Tom: I want the truth.

Jack: You can't handle the truth!

When Tom first read the script, he says the lines were there, but he had no idea the scene would escalate with such intensity. "It was incredible. I feel so fortunate to have these experiences because when you're working with the likes of Hoffman and Nicholson, the scenes just go to a different place. We didn't know the scene was going to be like that. We just kept hammering on each other," Tom says. "He just kept pushing me, and I kept going back at him, and it just happened like that."
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