Before They Were Stars (2-for-1 Special): Tom Cruise and Heather Locklear Audition for “The Powers of Matthew Star”

This fun piece of footage is from a 1999 FOX television special entitled Road to Fame and features the then-unknown duo of Tom Cruise and Heather Locklear auditioning for the lead roles on The Powers of Matthew Star, an 1982 NBC TV series which lasted one season and centered around an alien prince named E’Hawke (Ethan Hawke’s an alien prince?!) disguising himself as an American high school student named Matthew Star. As amazing as it might have been to see Tom Cruise as an alien prince-high school student, neither him nor Locklear got the roles, which wound going up to the A-list duo of Peter Barton and Amy Steel (amusingly enough, the biggest claim to fame for both those actors is starring in Friday the 13th sequels). Incidentally, this clip features the entire 25-minute Road to Fame special, which contains a bunch of other “Before They Were Stars” footage. You’ll also get to see some commercials hyping the official series premiere of a little show called Futurama!

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